I wrote about Java’s sneaky install of the Ask.com crap before, but this has come up again for me. So, let me go on a little bit more. When installing Java, or Java updates, make sure you uncheck the “Search App by Ask”. Watch for this screen here:
Fortunately, the fix for this is pretty straightforward: go to Control Panel, Remove Programs and then remove it.
I love Java, and Oracle, but this just annoys the heck out of me. This puts them in the same doghouse that Lenovo resides in right now. I find it annoying enough for them to embed this adware at the root level, but then to try and minimize the security risk involved just angers me. I’ve had great success with Lenovo machines and like to recommend them. This, though, greatly impacts that trust.
In case you have one of the possibly infected machines, here are some tools for you:
- How to remove SuperFish
- Detect SuperFish on your machine (this seems to be offline right now. Server’s probably getting clobbered.)
- Here’s a video of the uninstall process if you prefer: