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PUP/Adware - Java installer replaces the Ask Toolbar by Yahoo! Search


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#1 Aura

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 01:51 PM

If you're still using Java, then you know that updating it is vital given the large number of vulnerabilities that plague the software. You also know that you've had to be extremely careful if you wanted to avoid installing the Ask toolbar adware that's been bundled with it for years, because Oracle -- the company behind Java -- also knows how important updates are and has been using Ask to monetize the software.

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And it's not just Windows users that Oracle is eager to monetize. Earlier this year the Java updater began foisting the Ask toolbar on Mac users.

Well, the time has finally come for Oracle and Ask to part ways, but don't get too excited, because Yahoo has taken its place, which sees Java security updates as too good a marketing opportunity to pass up.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/java-updater-dumps-ask-toolbar-adware-replaces-it-with-yahoo-search/

Microsoft made a move against Ask, now it's Oracle's turn, thought they still bundle something in their Java installer.

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 02:17 PM

I see it as "choosing the lesser of the two evils".

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 07:05 PM

 

And the option to make those changes will be pre-checked, so if the user is in a hurry or isn't aware of what the change entails, they will find their browser settings changed.


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