I just was prompted to update Java. It tells me:
Does anybody know what that "helper" tool does? If it is new I probably don't need it. Is there a way to opt out? Or at least know what it is before installing it?
Note that I already checked the option to suppress sponsor offers in the Java Control Panel under System Preferences.
Note also that if I don't enter the admin password, the update doesn't get installed. It is not an offer that is presented besides the update and that I can accept or reject.
If this is a bad question or the wrong place, please comment.
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Oracle has partnered with companies that offer various products. The installer may present you with the option to install these programs when you install Java.
You can disable the presentation of offers during installation by specifying the --args SPONSORS=0 option in the terminal command line. For example:
open /Volumes/Java\ 8\ Update\ 40/Java\ 8\ Update\ 40.app --args SPONSORS=0