Java Update Virus Spreading – Beware

by Abhinav on December 30, 2010

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I am here again to tell you about the new virus attack. Before starting the explanation let me tell you that it is not a small attack as already 2000 websites have already been under attack, so in this post I will be telling you about this virus attack and I will also tell you that which type of technology has been used in making the attack and how you can keep yourself away from the attack.

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One of the rarest technology used by webpages is the Java Apple, now let me tell you that how this attack will work. There are certain compromised sites which are exploited for this attack. Now you will open a webpage then it will automatically download a Frame which will not be visible to you and that Frame will be used to download a JAR file which is nothing but a hidden file which has been named as Java Update. Now after seeing the JAVA update you will definitely download the file and then it means that a self-executable file will be downloaded which is named as host.exe.

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After you end up downloading this file the task of the attackers has been accomplished now this EXE file will play its role and then corrupt your system or access any confidential information from your computer. For those who were not able to get the complete idea, I would say that this attack will lead you to download a virus by the name of any useful utility. So beware of marking Yes or No to any of the application on internet it may be a virus attack.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Sriram December 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Can you drop the list of sites effected with this… ?

Rohit December 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm

@Sriram

there are thousands of such sites as per initial reports. Just beware if any website is asking you to run a Java update, don’t do it right away. If you want to update java anyways, you can go to Java Official website and download update from there – http://www.java.com/en/download/help/java_update.xml

Yogesh Yuuvraj December 31, 2010 at 7:24 am

I think i downloaded Java6Update23 day before yday night…!!!
Was surfing youtube i think,saw this update notification…
And since it was my free download @ night allowed the download…
Suddenly my screen went blank…
i was confused what went wrong…
Tried restarting but dint start…!!!
System has recovered from serious eror…!!!
Tried safe mode and last best configaration…!!!

finally gave laptop some rest and then tried and it started…!!!
But didnt understand what has happened because i am using genuine Kaspersky Internet Security 2010..Daily Updates…

But after reading the mail from troublefixers have a feeling may be java Update has caused,,,
But had a second look @ laptop restore point,looks like a genuine update…!!!
Downloading for desktop before i get a notification…!!!

Omg February 23, 2011 at 2:23 am

The Java “Apple”??? Are you serious? ^_^

Amberlee April 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hello Yogesh Yuuvraj,

I believe I downloaded the same update does anyone know how to fix it none of the fixes you listed worked for me either downloaded the update 4-27 so my comp is in serious need of a fix. All I get is a quick flash of a blue screen and then it offers me options to fix the problem but none solve the problem. Basically my windows is not booting any suggestions!….

Kaitlynn September 2, 2011 at 9:16 am

I’m really worried now. The java update kept popping up on my computer screen and it was driving me nuts. This has happened before and I tried to disable the pop-ups: it didn’t work. Eventually I gave in and downloaded the update. It was happening again and I just gave in and downloaded the update. It needs to restart to complete download and now I’m freaked. What should I do?

Lydia December 5, 2011 at 1:55 am

I went through the same thing recently. I knew about the Java virus going around, so I was very careful not to dwnload any updates, however, my bf is not so savvy. I got this virus just as described in the article, most likely from the website movies2k which redirects users to 3rd party sites to watch current titles for free. While I warned about the dangers of sites like these, my cautions went unheeded. I searched for erroneous files and after moving them to the recycle bin I was able to commence the process of cleaning everything up (moving the files seemed to disrupt the file path recognition). The java update notification finally got so bad that I uninstalled Java from my system completely along with some other files that seemed to be infected. I know that the virus does not have anything to do with the real Java, but it seemed to do the trick; I can only theorize why that would be…

Mark Tavlan January 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Everything was going great with my new Dell XPS until I allowed this “java update” to be installed. What’s funny is that I did it before and nothing happened. This time, “a thousand” windows appeared on my screen and my new computer became useless. I couldn’t believe it! The McAfee antivirus didn’t do S–t. After stressing for quite a while, I was able to restore everything back to normal and now I take the question, “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” very seriously. (I went to the java site and updated safely).

Brick January 26, 2013 at 8:20 am

Luckily I haven’t gotten the virus. I read what u said Amberlee and if windows wont boot I heard of a series of buttons u can push and it will delete windows. I know this sounds extreme, but I saw that best buy sells different versions of windows that u can install on your computer.

-Good Luck and LONG LIVE DUBSTEP!
-Brick

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