Java Update "Password Protected" possible spyware/malware ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dza, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. dza macrumors member

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    Hello guys.

    I got prompted with a "Java Update" (so it looked) dialog.

    Accepted, and then at some point while loading/installing it prompted

    "Password protected:"
    and the word "Update"
    while showing the "Java" cup logo.

    Since Java is so popular for malware/spyware nowadays I'm pretty worried.

    Does anyone know of this symptom ?

    Unfortunately I did not get a screenshot of it while it was there :(
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    What Mac OS X version do you use? It has been a long, long time since I ever saw a Java update prompt, thus it may have been a ruse.
    If you want to update Java, best go to the official source.

    I guess you entered the password and completed the installation?

     
  3. dza thread starter macrumors member

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    Sure. This one was triggered by Firefox, and I actually believe it was on the official "Do I have Java?" page ...

    However .. I would like to rinse and search this laptop now if this seems utterly suspicious, because I think it really sounds like it ... What is the best online scanner for Mac-based systems ?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Use ClamXav.
     
  5. dza thread starter macrumors member

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  6. satcomer macrumors 603

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    What ever you do make sure you turn off Java in browser. That is what most bad goys hacking trick to get into your system.
     
  7. dza thread starter macrumors member

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    It's on "Press To Activate". I like this approach.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That is the Java 51 auto update and northing to worry about. I got it yesterday.
     

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