Java update may inject malicious trojans on a Mac Computer

Java is quite known to pose security threats and now some instances are found allowing third party adware bundled with it in its update rollouts. This is not something an established company like Oracle would prefer to do.

Basically, adding adware over an application is not harmful as long as it is productive and bundled from the same company and also comes with clear user consent facilitating whether the user would like to install an adware or not.

By now, it’s known to millions of users globally that Oracle is not taking initiative in building a safer Java platform. Instead it is into something sneaky. Why on Earth someone would love to install Ask or any other search tool in their browsers via Java install? People are already thinking twice before installing or updating Java at first place. This is not because they are doubtful about Oracle. This is because Java is being repeatedly used as a wider threat injection tool that is quite favorable in the malware and hackers world.

What would I do if I saw Java update window?

If you most recently encountered your Mac popping up a window asking to update Java, hold on a second! Learn how to avoid certain things that you do not want an invader keep watching you. You would also not want any other third party adware groups following your electronic web habits and application trails.

Stand smart and let Java run update from your System Preferences alone. Do not respond to any popup update reminder or update available window. Even-though it is legit, it’s better to stay safe than sorry. You can follow the following visual instructions to keep your Mac computer safe from malware injection.

First, open System Preferences. And tap on Java icon. The windows would look similar to this:

System Preferences - Apple Repair Club

Once you click on it, it will open a new window that will facilitate to open Java Preferences (Java Control Panel). The window would look like this:

Java info

When you see the second window, wait a few seconds there. It is because Java is preparing it’s own control panel window. When opens itself, it would look like this:

Java Update - Java Preferences

As Java opened its own Control Panel, which is actually a Java Preferences window, you can tap on Update and will see Update Now button. Tapping on that button will examine the current installed version and find if any new update is available. When it finds new update, it will suggest so and you will begin to update. This point onward, you can simply follow the Blue Button. The window would look like this:

Java Update Available

Click on the Blue Button and start an installation of updated version of Java. Before it begins installation, it will download the update first. The download will begin and complete in its own window so no need to search anywhere else. The window will look like this:

Java Download

Once the Java tool completes the download, it will begin to extract downloaded files because the downloaded file would be a compressed file. It is automatic so you need not worry here. The window would look like this:

Java Is Extracting files

When the extracting is done, a new Java Installer icon would be seen bouncing on the dock. At this point it will take some time to start a new installer window, stay with it. The bouncing icon would be just next to Java Icon and the process would look like this:

Java preparing installation

After several seconds, a new window will open that actually is now able to install a helper tool and requires admin privileges. The window will look like this:
Java helper tool getting ready

Once you provide the admin user name and password, the actual process of installation begins thereafter. The window would look like this:

Installing Java Now

When the installation gets completed, you will see a confirmation window that Java installation was successful. If you saw any other windows than the following image below, you do need to have some concern about Java installation. Outside installation may bring some nasty adware or trojans or keyloggers or kind of malware in your system. Be careful. Keep watching like a hawk. The installation confirmation window should look like this:

Java installation completed

Now, as you tap on the Close button, it will take you right to the browser window where it will allow you to verify if the installed version is correct. This will popup a message to Trust the website so that it is able to verify. If you do not have time or do not like to verify, you can simply Cancel here. Otherwise you would like to Trust and see if it can verify the installed version of Java. The window would look like this:

Java popup window for verification

When you tap on Trust, you will see a series of actions. The first would be: Detecting Java on your computer. Like this…

verification window for java

Then, the second quick action would be the web application window that would popup and like to run verification remotely. The windows would look like this:

web application running to verify java

When you tap on Run, it will refresh the verification vrowser fast and display the verification message for you. This would look like this:

Java verification completed

You are all done. And you did safely complete the Java installation on your Mac. Do it each time Java update is available. Do not take Java installation lightly. Java is known to a lot of security threats as already discussed. A simple mistake in understanding this simple fact would cause a price to pay. Hackers always seek safe heavens and tamper versions of Java. Do not begin to update Java when a web browser displays an update message. It will expose you to a greater security risk.

Every time you successfully follow this installation procedure, you will not be inviting any adware or malware in your system. You will be safe so will entail your computing habits.

By |2018-06-25T17:37:14-04:00October 21st, 2015|

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Purushotam Pokharel, the owner of APPLE REPAIR CLUB, is a passionate and Linux professional. He is active in public awareness concerning computing technology, threats, complex OS issues and flaws that may sometimes turmoil our everyday lives. He is active in solving WordPress backend issues and offers Managed WordPress support 24/7/365 for those who lack 'how to'. Approach him at NailWP for support. He researches Mac issues and publishes at MacIssue.