March 24th, 2011, 18:08 PM
Java updates may include annoying McAfee scanner
Windows users who install the latest Java security patches may end up with a little more security than they bargained for, at least that's the risk they take if they don't pay close attention to the installation process.
Starting last month, Oracle began bundling a security scanning tool called the McAfee Security Scan Plus with its Java updates for the Windows operating system. The software is installed by default with the Java update, so unless users notice and uncheck the McAfee installation box as they're updating Java, they'll end up downloading McAfee's software too.
Security Scan Plus checks the PC to see if has antivirus and firewall software and if they're both up-to-date. The program comes with pop-up windows and is a bit more noticeable than the previous software that was bundled with Java in the U.S., such as the Yahoo Toolbar. Oracle bundles different products with Java in different regions, so not all Windows users may get Security Scan Plus with their Java updates.
Full story: Computerworld