If you have Java installed on your Mac there is a bit of bad news: Oracle is now shipping Ask.com hardware with the Java installer on OS X. Windows users have been hit with this annoying scam before, but OS X users are brand new to this kind of devious behavior. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to get rid of the adware.
There has been a recent wave of adware scams thanks to Lenovo’s Superfish and uTorrent also taking advantage of its customers. What these giants need to understand is that it’s not ok to take advantage of people’s trust by hijacking their browsers. Let’s take a look at thow to get rid of this bug.
First you will want to find the Java plugin located in /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/, then you will need to delete the file named “JavaAppletPlugin.plugin” from the directory. If you happen to have the Java Development Kit installed, go to /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/ and delete the whole directory. After you do this, you will need to remove the non-functional Java preference pane your System preferences: navigate to /Library/PreferencePanes/ and delete the file called “JavaControlPanel.prefPane” from that directory. You are now free of Java.
This is where you’ll find the culprit.
Don’t worry about not having Java on your computer, it’s mostly an outdated plugin that very few websites actually require in order to function properly. If you still need it, however, Apple has a solution for you here. If you decide to keep using Java, make sure to avoid Ask.com infiltrating every aspect of your web-browsing life. Oracle probably knows that Java’s time is almost up and is making a last-ditch attempt to make some profits in alignment with Ask.com, but this intrusion coming from two trusted companies simultaneously is a bit much – large corporations need to know how to respect our privacy and web preferences.
(IT Consulting Denver)