Java Randomly Downloads Trojans/Viruses

February 11, 2011 at 12:34:34
Specs: Windows Vista
I use Windows Vista and Mozilla Firefox as a browser and work for a website, so I'm constantly browsing around for news and media. Anyway, at least once a week, I get a virus or Trojan in my Temp folder or attached to my registry files (HKey, etc).

I've noticed that all these viruses (mostly fake anti-virus programs) infiltrate my computer when Java randomly opens. It's really weird because the version of Java that opens is never running unless it's to download a malicious file. It's pretty terrible because these programs just latch on to my files without asking permission to download them. I use Rkill to end processes and either manually delete the files or use Malawarebytes to remove them...some of them have been so bad that I've had the blue screen of death.

This mostly happens when I'm just browsing websites (most of which aren't sketchy). Is there anyway to prevent this so I don't have to constantly deal with manually deleting them, or worse - deal with my computer dying?

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February 11, 2011 at 12:42:06
reinstall Java altogether. You may have compromised your system, a virus opened a backdoor most AV clean out the infection but dont patch the vulnerability a virus enabled.

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February 11, 2011 at 15:22:52
I'm not too familiar with java based technology....Would I go to uninstall programs and delete all Java updates (there's no single program listed as java to uninstall, just 3 updates)?

Then would I go to sun microsystems website to download a new version?

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February 11, 2011 at 19:13:22
"so I'm constantly browsing around for news and media"
if this is all your doing, how about a live linux cd?


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