Watch out for fake Java updates

You may have seen reports about security alerts for Java recently. Java is a commonly used piece of software from Oracle, so there’s a good chance you have it installed on your computer. Cybercriminals often use fake virus alerts to lure you into buying fraudulent antivirus software. These alerts state that your computer or other device is at risk, but clicking a link in one of them could lead you to downloading malicious software.

In the case of the fake Java updates, cybercriminals are taking advantage of news about security vulnerabilities in Java and recommendations to update Java immediately. We agree that if you use Java on your device you should update it directly from the Oracle website:  

If you don’t, then it’s a good idea to uninstall older versions of Java and disable Java in your browser like you would for any unused software.

Java is just one piece of software that cybercriminals target. It’s important to keep all the software installed on your system up to date. For Microsoft software, you can use the Microsoft Update service.

If you think you have a virus, visit the Microsoft Security Support Center for assistance.  

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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6 comments
  1. Anonymous

    Being a retired Senior, I USED to accept most apps , not considering the fraudulent means others may control.collect and benefit from data collected w/o permission!  Many thanks.

    I now always check my browser,the blog community,etc. BEFORE I consider the usefulness of a new free offering..

  2. Anonymous

    I have just downloaded GDATA (something that Microsoft recommends), it ****** my computer completing and I get told to contact someone in another ***** country to try and sort it out!!!! You have just confirmed all my worst suspicions about Microsoft and I will be reverting to Mac as SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!!

  3. Anonymous

    i have the widdit malware and am doing all to get rid of it. It seems to begun with windows hotmail server and / or google. Norton with a full scan could not detect it. my next hope as a complete novice is to try these m/soft tools. here's hoping

  4. Anonymous

    You should tell us how to determine if we have downloaded an invalid Java update.

  5. Anonymous

    Why do I continually receive calls from foreigners (that I barely understand) saying they're from Windows and are receiving reports of attack vulnerabilities from my computer.  If I question them they hang up.

  6. Anonymous

    o O so thats where i got my

    exploit/jave.ex

    trojan/seedabutor.a

    trojan/seedabutor.b

    from…. wow o O

    ps i never like giving out my real name

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