Friday, June 17, 2011

No more Java for me, thank you, I have had enough.

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(CLICK HERE for Borepatch's thoughts on Java)

I have disabled Java on my browser and I will disable it on my wife’s system when I get the chance. Each of us experienced a Trojan attack, FakeSysdef, on separate days, which MS Security Essentials failed to prevent. I am sure mine came in via Java during a website visit. While we both were hit with the same Trojan, the variation I had was very aggressive and it took me all day on Wednesday for me to fix my system.

MS Security Essentials did catch a Trojan downloader, Java/OpenConnection.NC, for me the other day, and was able to remove FakeSysdef from each of our drives although it did not prevent the attacks. Overall, Security Essentials has been a good workhorse.

In case you were wondering, both of our computers are automatically updated once a week.

EDIT:  The reason I suspect Java is because the Java icon appeared on my browser during my visit to a website just before all heck broke lose.
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4 comments:

Ruth said...

download and run the free version of Malwarebytes (www.malwarebytes.org), just to be you got all the pieces off your computer. It doesn't prevent the attacks (at least the free version doesn't), but it does an awesome job at removing such nasty stuff, and it catches (and removes!) stuff that no other virus scan/removal system does. I keep it updated in addition to my traditional virus scan software.

Anonymous said...

Good advice and how's the yard?

El Fisho

Anonymous said...

(Zack says)

Thanks for the tip, Ruth. I'll check into that. It sure is frustrating.

Thanks for asking, El Fisho. It has been a near perfect spring. All of the yard time is getting me into better shape and the flowers keep me smiling.

Glenn B said...

I know another person who depended on a Microsoft program to defend his computer. It wound up costing him a few hundred bucks to get it restored to normal after it was attacked by some form of virus or malware. I do not know if his problem was related to Java though.

I have Java on my PC. It updates automatically. I have not experienced any problems of which I am aware. I have Norton Anti Virus packaged in Norton 360 Premiere Edition. I think the difference may be in the anti-virus programs being run since I have also heard of others having problems with Microsoft's anti-virus programs. Knock on the thickest wood in the house, I knock on my head, my Norton AV has kept all of my family's PCs free of viruses and the like. There have been some attacks but none successful.

All the best,
Glenn B