I have been using µTorrent for numerous years, and I have never had a problem with the toolbar. I understand that some users may want the toolbar as well as the search page and home pages. Facebook, MySpace, MSN, etc... do this when you go to their home page. Other application installers also ask if you want to install their toolbar. It honestly is up to the user to READ the prompts and decide if they want the features installed or not. I didn't want to use the toolbar, search, or homepage, so I kept the check boxes unchecked. I have never had my browsers hijacked. I also understand that the program is free, and that there may be 3rd party applications that come with the program. After all, you need some type of income. I guess haters are going to hate. I still think that this is one of the best torrent clients out there. It's free, light weight and easy to use.