Could this be the answer to most hijackers and spyware?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by Ja-ZAamM, May 22, 2004.

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  1. Ja-ZAamM

    Ja-ZAamM Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I had recently found out that most if not all hijackers and spywear exploit the vulnerability of the defunct Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that is no longer supported by Microsoft. :mad: Windows XP users may have the upper hand by uninstalling it and installing Sun Microsystem's JVM. :doubt: I found a site that explains how to do this. :rolleyes:

    http://www.winnetmag.com/Windows/Article/ArticleID/38206/Windows_38206.html

    Do you think this can help?? o_O
     
  2. Khaine

    Khaine Registered Member

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    I thought most hijackers used javascript and activex, not the jvm, but I could be wrong
     
  3. Pigman

    Pigman Registered Member

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    ActiveX is definitely used, otherwise SpywareBlaster would be a lot less useful. And I know this from experience, too: the nasty (but easy to remove) Enterprise Trojan (which, as well as spying on you, hijacks your browser - it sets your homepage to a hardcore porn site) is installed via an ActiveX script.
     
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    It would seem that ActiveX is the more popular route today. But tomorrow, who knows.
     
  5. Nick

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    There are a variety of ways that unwanted and harmfull items get intalled. The Microsoft Java VM problem is one, but most are through Active X and by the user clicking on programs to download and having the extra malware installed with what they wanted. Since there is no more support by Microsoft for it's Java, it is wise to uninstall it and go with Sun's.
     
  6. Catwomen

    Catwomen Guest

    Well you would be right except for the popularity of CWS
     
  7. Paranoid2000

    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

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    This would be a sensible move as would disabling ActiveX completely (the only "legitimate" place where it is really required is Windows Update). Not using Internet Explorer at all and running Firefox or Opera instead would be better still...
     
  8. Nick

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    I am a Firefox user, but IE still has it's uses. I have to use it for Wilder's (or any other site using vBulletin 3) because Firefox, regular Mozilla, and Opera don't render the site properly. Opera is better than the two Mozillas, but it would seem that vB 3 is made for Internet Explorer. 99% of the time, I'm using Firebird, so Active X is a non issue for me, yet everything still works the same on sites that have it...
     
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