Java updates: Just say “No!” to Ask.com toolbars …

Posted: February 8, 2013 by IntentionalPrivacy in Browser Vulnerabilities, Vulnerabilities
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If you have Java running on your computer, you may have noticed that Oracle–maker of Java–has recently put out a security update for Java. This is a good thing and Oracle got the update out earlier than they had anticpated.

However, what you may not have noticed when you installed the update, is that they include what Ed Botts calls “foistware.” This is because Java includes the Browser Add-on from Ask.com when you update Java unless you specifically UNCHECK the box that gives your permission to install it. If you’re not paying attention, you can accidentally install this lousy toolbar. I’m not a big fan of toolbars anyway, and this one is really bad. You can try it out [don’t click on any sites unless you are absolutely sure you know the site] by going to http://www.ask.com/ and searching for something. You will see a lot of ads–a lot of dubious ads.

For more information, read Ed Botts’ column, http://www.zdnet.com/a-close-look-at-how-oracle-installs-deceptive-software-with-java-updates-7000010038/.

The important thing: uninstall the Ask.com toolbar if you installed it.

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