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Warning: Java component download site infected with malware

Darryl Burke
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Joined: May 03, 2008
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  • A Google search for 'swing sliding panel' gave this as the first result: http://www.java2s.com/Product/Java/Swing/OutlookBar-SlidePane.htm
  • The page contains links to SyGem Software products
  • On clicking a SyGem link, Avira flagged a virus but the computer was infected. I suspect multiple malware and that the infection resulted from a virus/adware that went undetected by Avira
  • The symptoms observed are regular popping up of the default browser with advertising pages, and corruption of Windows7 desktop gadgets, with the clock showing as a black square with a second hand pointing straight up
  • Downloaded and installed Ad-Aware, which flagged and removed 10 malware objects. During the scan it halted the process zrr.exe several times.
  • With guidance from various Microsoft and third party help/support sites I removed the registry folder

  • (in case that last character doesn't display in your browser, it's the graphic character for the left bottom corner of a box -- looks a lot like L)
  • This solved the problem as far as the gadgets are concerned. I'll watch for a few days before I can be sure that all problems are solved


  • This is being multiposted on the Java in General forum and cross posted to other Java forums.

    db
    Maneesh Godbole
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    Thanks for the headsup Darryl.
    Another reason why I am happy I shifted to Ubuntu


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    Darryl Burke
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    I have received the following email from info[at]java2s.com in response to my mail alerting them to the issue.

    db

    Hi db,

    Thanks for your alert. Totally 11 entries from Sygem have been removed and the site is updated. Please check.

    Thanks again for your time and kindness
     
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
     
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