Published Oct 09, 2012 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

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Java/Blacole.GP is a detection for a component of the Blackhole exploit kit - a kit used by attackers to distribute malware. Attackers install the kit onto a server, and then when you visit the compromised server, the kit attempts to exploit various, multiple vulnerabilities on your computer in order to install malware. For example, if you browsed a compromised website containing the exploit pack using a vulnerable computer, malware could be downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Typically, the Blackhole exploit kit attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in applications such as Oracle Java, Sun Java, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

For more information on this exploit kit, and steps you can take to avoid being compromised, please see the detailed Blacole description, elsewhere in our encyclopedia.

To detect and remove this threat and other malicious software that may be installed on your computer, run a full-system scan with an appropriate, up-to-date, security solution. The following Microsoft products detect and remove this threat:

Removing the malware in question only solves part of the problem - take steps to avoid being compromised in the future; apply any outstanding updates for possibly vulnerable applications - you can find information on how to do this here.

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