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    Java Updates try to sneak in malware.

    Hi,

    I hope this is the correct forum thread for this comment/complaint/rant.

    I just did a Java update and while clicking the "Next" buttons noticed that installation of Ask toolbar was pre-selected.

    A lot of people less technical might let this get installed.

    I think this is a terrible thing for Oracle to do.

    end of rant.
    George

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    Agreed, I always use Corrine's blog for the latest info and clean direct download links for things like Flash, etc. - I don't use Java, haven't had it installed for ~2 years - it's the main malware target: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01...a_and_android/

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    They have been doing it for a long time, unfortunately.
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    They are all at it these days.

    If it's not McAfee or Google Chrome, it will be some unwanted and sometimes malicious toolbar.

    I recently updated Java and using the offline links because I was installing both 32 and 64 bit versions, didn't get any unwanted offers.

    You can navigate to those by clicking on See all Java downloads next to Not the right operating system ? at http://java.com/en/download/ie_manual.jsp
    Last edited by Sudo; 2014-01-18 at 11:33.

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    JAVA should be un-installed.
    Not many websites use Java any more..
    "If You Are Reading This In English, Thank A VET"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banyarola View Post
    JAVA should be un-installed.
    Not many websites use Java any more..
    I had Java uninstalled until recently. I purchased a product that requires Java for some of it's function.
    George

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    Well George, if it was me I would look for an alternative program that doesn't require Java...

    Of course the decision is yours to make...
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    If you keep Java updated and use common sense on what you click on, using Java is fine IMHO. The latest versions of Java require you to white list all Java apps. (I can see you smiling RUI ). Of course, if you don't run any Java apps, it makes sense to remove Java.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banyarola View Post
    Well George, if it was me I would look for an alternative program that doesn't require Java...

    Of course the decision is yours to make...
    Actually I said Product not program.
    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    the latest versions of java require you to white list all java apps. (i can see you smiling rui ).
    Jerry
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    I have this program called unchecky that claims to prevent unwanted installs. I'm running but haven't had the chance to see it work as I'm very carefull when I install something. Worth a look: http://unchecky.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by James S View Post
    I have this program called unchecky that claims to prevent unwanted installs. I'm running but haven't had the chance to see it work as I'm very carefull when I install something. Worth a look: http://unchecky.com/
    Just as an FYI, my antivirus package blocked an attempt to modify my Hosts file when I installed unchecky. Haven't tried it to see if it works without the Host file modification.

    Jerry

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