Java Update doing naughty things again – Trojan

In this post, I will explain how Java Updater tries to install unwanted software on your computer, what could happen if it does, and what simple steps you should take to prevent it.

Java is installed on most people’s computers; it’s a programming language that is required on many websites and some software.  It’s also a target for hackers, so you need to keep it up to date.  Unfortunately, when you update Java, it tries to install software you don’t want too.

In September, I explained on Facebook (CBits on Facebook – please Like) that Java Update would install some McAfee software which slows down the computer and would then bug users to buy the full version.

Now, Java Update is trying to install the Ask Toolbar.  The Ask Toolbar takes over your computer’s web search functions and instead of getting the useful results you expect from companies like Google and Bing, you get sent to MyWebSearch results which are primarily adverts for which Ask gets paid.  It’s very hard to tell which results are adverts, and which are the proper results that you’re looking for.

Worse still, if you make the mistake of installing the Ask Toolbar, it is hidden from the “remove software” option in Control Panel for the next 10 minutes.  The only possible reason for this behaviour is to stop people from removing the unwanted software.

In my opinion, if software you install or update also changes a different function of of your computer, then it’s a trojan; a type of virus.

So, what can you do?  Well, look out for the Java Update icon in the bottom right of your screen.  When you get it, take time to update it properly without the Ask Toolbar.

When you run the Java Updater, look out for the tick-box next to “Install the Ask Toolbar and make Ask my default search Provider”.  Untick that box, then click Next, and follow the rest of the instructions.

If you’ve installed Ask Toolbar by mistake, you can probably uninstall it (after 10 minutes) from the Add/Remove Software function in Control Panel.  If you need help or advice, please let me know.

Many people who get things like this on their computer also have other things that need clearing off and sorting out.  If you want the best experience from your computer, you can find information on my tune-up services here.  The Express Tune-up can be done remotely (via the internet), so contact me now, and within the hour you could have a faster, better computer.

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