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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fake Java Update Virus Removal

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In this article we're going to take a look at the fake Java update virus, understand a little more about what it is, find out how you know if you've been infected with it – and more importantly – how to protect yourself from it and remove it from your computer.

If you keep receiving ads for fake Java updates then your computer is infected with adware. Those pop-up ads are usually very misleading, the latest variants try to scare users into downloading malicious programs using fake "Outdated Java Plugin Detected" pop-ups that are completely fake. Scammers are also using fake Flash Player update web pages to distributed malicious software and adware. So, do not download any Java or Flash 'updates' from unknown websites and pop-ups. Use official websites only. Here's an example of a fake pop-up:

Java Update! 
It is recommended that you update Java to the latest version to view this page.

Outdated Java Plugin Detected. 
You are currently using a Java Plugin which may be outdated. 

How do you know if your PC has been infected with fake Java update virus - and possibly spyware? Luckily there are a number of things to look out for which will help you to identify if your computer has it. Here are some of the things to keep a vigilant eye out for:
  • You are receiving pop-up adverts on a regular basis
  • Your computer is noticeably slower than it has previously been
  • Your internet speed is a lot slower (and it's not the fault of the connection or your internet provider)
If you know the first thing about adware and PUPs, you'll be aware that they're usually installed as part of a bundle. i.e. they come as a package with some software or a program that you intend to download. It really makes no difference as to how well known or reputable this program is because even the best known software companies can fall victim to a PUP. Both Adobe and Oracle, globally known software publishers, have had products that have been bundled with Potentially Unwanted Programs and adware, but they have nothing to do with these scams. The thing is, scammers bundle adware and spyware with the most popular downloads and programs without owners' permission.

But what are you to do if you need to download something and you trust the publisher or manufacturer but you don't want risk installing adware or PUP on your machine? One thing that you can do is to add an extra layer of protection to your system by opening the download first in a sandbox. This piece of software prevents the program from making any changes on your computer and actually tells you in advance what the program would like to do. You will then be given the choice of moving the download out of the sandbox and onto your computer - or if you don't like the look of some of the actions it wants to take, aborting the installation altogether.

You may also want to install Microsoft's up-to-date security patches (always an excellent idea regardless) as these will also add an extra line of defense against PUPs and adware that are installed by 'drive by' downloads. You should also make sure that you are fully up to date with the software companies that you use and have their latest versions installed. The majority of unwanted programs or malware infect you by using something called an exploit kit which has been especially designed to pinpoint vulnerabilities on your machine and in the software that's downloaded onto it. Fake Java update virus is also distributed using exploit kits. It's also promoted using social engineering methods and infected websites.

Programs such as Adobe Flash and in particular Java by Oracle are easy targets for exploit kits which work by targeting out-of-date browser versions and plug-ins – which is exactly why you should ensure you always have the latest versions. And if you get a pop-up saying that you need to update Java, please do not follow the on screen instructions and close the misleading pop-up immediately. Java sofware and Falsh have their own built-in update applications, they do not display pop-ups on your computer when you browse the web.

How to remove the fake Java update virus? Well, first of all, you need to uninstall adware and potentially unwanted programs from your computer. This is easiest done, in the majority of cases, in your computer's Windows 'change or uninstall' function. The bonus is that most adware and PUPs are not actually terribly hard to remove. Unless, of course, your computer is also infected with Trojans and rootkits that try to hide malware presence on the system. Anti-malware or anti-software by reputable publishers will help keep you clean for the future. However as some PUPs create a shortcut on your desktop there are some anti-viruses which will overlook it, thinking it is actually a legitimate program. Obviously this is because the really nasty strains of malware don't normally let you know they're on your machine in the first place.

Adware and PUPs are not classed as malware and they don't usually have worse intentions than trying to direct you to websites of their own choice, fake Java update sites, for instance. However, if you will download and install their software you may end up with even more malware on your computer. Therefore pay attention to the License Agreement when downloading something and don't fall prey to adware and potentially unwanted programs.

To remove fake Java update virus from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

Fake Java update virus removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove fake Java update adware from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

4. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • DefaultTab
  • DownloadTerms
  • LessTabs
  • WebCake
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove fake Java update pop ups from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the following extensions:

Remove fake Java update pop ups from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to the following extensions. If you can't find the Remove button, then simply click on the Disable button.

Remove fake Java update pop ups from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.


Marcos Paschoal said...

Parabéns, este treku é hiper chato, no meu caso XP não tenho esse plugin citado e tenho a chatisse. Sempre del trekus direto del o arquivo.
Se alguém souber o(s) nomes, poste aqui por favor. Geralmente descubro fácil o arquivo, mas esse esta difícil. :)

Diane said...

Hi, I'm going crazy trying to figure out how to get this annoying crap off my computer and unofortunately nothing in yoru guide helped. I've run all kinds of malware/adwcleaner/spybot to find any issues and they come up clean. I don't have any weird programs installed that show in the control panel nor do i have any extensions or add-ons in my browser. What else can I do? Now it's redirecting on ebay and other normal sites. Getting worse, computer is slow...

April Baker said...


Anonymous said...

Me too! Mostly redirecting on ebay, with an entirely red screen. just hitting the back button gets me back to ebay, but I have no idea how to get this off. I've uninstalled programs, deleted extensions, to no avail. Please help!

Anonymous said...

ME TOO! it's very annoying, because it's becoming more often.

Anonymous said...

Yeah same as the guys above. I have tried multiple websites that say they deal with this exact issue, and have followed all the steps and I still get the popup.

Anonymous said...

same here! need help. MBAM, hitman, TDSS killer, hijack this don't find anything, and none of those programs are there in add/remove...

Anonymous said...

It started with just the fake java but now, It's telling me to install ofther crap too

Vulcan Tuminello said...

Yeah I got the same problem and have tried everything, Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner, Hitman Pro, Micro$haft Security Essentials etc. And "Ad Block Plus" isn't working on chrome, so the stupid Youtube ads are getting through. I'm ready to do system restore to two months ago....

Anonymous said...

Hi, first i want to thank you for your adivces. I think I've got the pop-ups with google chrome but i'm not sure... I've downloaded it because Internet Explorer couldn't fill my needs anymore. Maybe its in the way I downloaded it? Anyway, I've tried what you said but I don't know what to remove. There's no obiously useless extensions in my stuff... :/

Anonymous said...

so, have anyone succeeded to get rid of this? HELP!

Anonymous said...

None of this showed up in my add remove programs, says i have no extensions

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post. Removing add ons from(Google Chrome) Tools>Extensions helps me to get rid of fake Java update pop up.

Anonymous said...

I think you have to remove the extensions from all of your installed browsers. I found that it was still installed IE even though I had removed it from chrome and firefox. I then ran malwarebytes and it hasn't happened in a few days

Anonymous said...

I reset the browser settings in Google Chrome (Tools\Settings\advanced settings), that seems to fix the problem but not sure if it's fixed temporarily or permanently.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I reset the browser settings in Google Chrome (Tools\Settings\advanced settings), that seems to fix the problem but not sure if it's fixed temporarily or permanently

GENIUSSSSSSS!!! Works for me too!! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks this totally worked!

Anonymous said...

This worked for me to! Thnx

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the post.


Anonymous said...

Thank u so much! This really worked and it took me less than 5 minutes to fix it, it was actually very easy! I had the fake Java update popup and I have Windows 7, so i followed instructions and went to Google Chrome tools, and then extensions and clicked on the trash can icon of the things that were in my extensions and it cleared them out and now the Java popup stopped immediately! Awesome thank u!!

Anonymous said...

Reset worked. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

I have Windows 8 and use Chrome. I have already deleted all Extensions and do so regularly with no relief from this Java Update popup...Any further days??????

Anonymous said...

I simply deleted explorer and reinstalled it again. That is after i uninstalled the maleware programs. Just be sure to have explorer or Crome on a stick so you can access the interbnet again to download the full exe file.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you! After a couple days of scanning and rebooting, the "manage add-ons" was the last piece I needed. Was wbout to throw this comp thru the window!

Anonymous said...

none it worked for me, no malware removal tools, resetting browsers, uninstalling software or extensions. I even went as far as reformatting my drive and clean installing windows. Only installed firefox after new Win 7 install, soon as I opened my browser there it was again. I downloaded a tool few months back when I got infected the first time and it worked. Took me about a week of scouring the internet but I found it. I got infected again, thought I save that virus removal tool but guess not and now I cant find it anywhere online. The only thing it did was fix this java update virus but I found it by searching something else like coupondropdown or something else I find in the other pop ups. wish I could find it again. At this point the only option seems to be a new drive because some how it's embedded itself extremely well

Anonymous said...

I been having this stupid "Flash Player Update" box appear on several websites. Been trying to solve the problem for two weeks!!!
In this age of high tech no one seems to have a clear answer!
We might be better off going back to the 19th century with morse code!

Are there any answers to this out there??