January 22, 2013
How Oracle installs deceptive software with Java Updates

Nice look from ZDNet of how Oracle installs deceptive software with Java updates.

In the background, the Ask toolbar installer continues to run, but it delays execution for 10 minutes. If you are a sophisticated Windows user and you missed the initial checkbox, your natural instinct at this point would be to open Control Panel and check Programs and Features. When you do, you will see that only the Java update has been installed. You might also check your browser settings to confirm that no changes have been made to your settings. You might conclude that you dodged a bullet and that the unwanted software wasn’t installed.

But you would be wrong. The Ask installer is still running, and after waiting 10 minutes, it drops two programs on the target system.

I knew about having to opt out of the toolbar crapware, but some stuff in there I am amazed that they get away with.

Short version: there’s almost no reason to use Java, so don’t install it. Ever.

Posted by Arcterex at January 22, 2013 03:33 PM