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08 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 
Oracle new little trick. Check this out.

Vulnerability If you're installing a critical security update on your computer, caused by the software vendor's sloppy code quality, you probably wouldn't dream that your software vendor is trying to make some money out of the inconvenience.
And yet that's exactly what Oracle seems to be up to with its (sadly necessarily frequent) security updates for Java.
As Ed Bott explains in this excellent article, when the world was rushing to install an essential Java security update last week, the software vendor attempted to install a third-party toolbar and change your browser's search engine.

Yes, Oracle has chosen to enable the option to install the Ask Toolbar and meddle with your search engines. Why? Because of profit. They earn more commission, the more people they get to install the third-party software.
You wanted to install the latest version of Java because you wanted to protect yourself against potential attack by cybercriminals. But you have to be really careful not to accidentally install unwanted software like the Ask Toolbar at the same time.


Want to read more.


Oracle, please stop sneakily foisting third-party toolbars on us with your Java updates | Naked Security

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08 Feb 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

This reminds me of my manager, she seems to always under staff the store on very busy days, just so she is able to earn extra commission.



Most people have Java uninstalled anyway, so this might be a decreasing issue in the future.
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08 Feb 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you have to have Java you can get it from here,

Java SE Downloads

and it doesn't come with the toolbar installer. Or at least the offline install version doesn't.
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08 Feb 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't have Java. I just though it was kind of cool. Installing a security update along with a security risk at the same time. If the Ask ToolBar was so good we all would be flocking to there front door to get it. Instead they have been trying to sneak in our backdoor.
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08 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Not to nag at ya LBB, but java has been doin that for over a year now. I have seen it since.....I wanna say jre6 update 10 I believe ( it may be earlier or later ). Just dont do the "click through" without reading. Ask will not be installed then. I haven't had any probs with java, but I am carefull bout what I do with my pc.
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08 Feb 2013   #6

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Umm, that has been there for quite some time, nothing new. (I'm one of those who need Java out of necessity rather than choice.)

Regards,
GEWB
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08 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't care if you nag; fine with me. I haven't notice it before because I haven't used Java for a long time. I do understand that some people need Java. I still think it's kind of goofy the two together.
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08 Feb 2013   #8

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

Hello LB -

Not a nag, just an FYI.

And yes, it is kind of goofy!

Regards,
GEWB
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08 Feb 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

I agree..........they should NOT bundle third party software at all. This kind of stuff is bad...ASK=VERRY BAD
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08 Feb 2013   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gldndragn View Post
I agree..........they should NOT bundle third party software at all. This kind of stuff is bad...ASK=VERRY BAD
I've been looking into it earlier and it's about $1 per toolbar install so they are making some pretty good money on their "free" software.
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