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Is it time to disable Java?

By learninmypc
Apr 15, 2013
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  1. Back in January of this year, the United States Department of Homeland Security advised PC users to disable Java from their web browsers following the serious zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in Java. In response, Oracle released an emergency Java patch, but the fix was not meant to patch all the critical vulnerabilities.
    Staying protected against Java exploits is a rising concern among millions of Windows®, Mac OS®, and Linux® users. What makes this exploit such a big deal is the fact that Java runs on more than 850 million personal computers and on billions of devices worldwide, including mobile devices and TVs1. http://www.superantispyware.com/blog/2013/04/is-it-time-to-disable-java/

    "My 2cents worth" On the XP Pro I returned to the user, I never did install java on it & it ran fine.
    If I knew my W7 would run as well with out it, I'd dump it in a heartbeat.
     
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,027   +913

    I recently installed it on my Mac to run a web app and havent uninstalled it. I should. Already did that on my PCs.
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,310   +238

    Re read what you typed. I think you made an error.
    "I recently installed it on my Mac to run a web app and havent installed it.:confused:
     
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,027   +913

    You know what I mean ;) lol. Fixed.
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,310   +238

    Actually, no I didn't. Thanks for the clarification.:)
     
  6. Kunming

    Kunming TS Rookie Posts: 43

    Of course you should disable it. It's the smartest thing to do.
    That, or you reserve a browser for running Java, while you do all your
    casual surfing in a non-Java-enabled browser. But with FireFox at least,
    it's pretty easy to keep it disabled and then just enable it when you
    need it.
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,310   +238

    I think you might of mis understood what I'm saying. I do have it currently disabled in Firefox & Opera & in any browser I may (re)install. My question is does W7 need it or can I completely remove it from my W7 pc?
    In my original post, it says I never installed it on a XP Pro I have since returned & it ran fine.
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    EXTREMELY few of us need Java and there's not a lot of web usage either - - you decide.
     
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,310   +238

    Thank you.(y)
     
  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,027   +913

  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,310   +238

     
  12. edee02

    edee02 TS Rookie

    I haven't had java installed on any of my systems since Windows 98 / ME. For the home user there is absolutely no use for it at all besides a big footprint on your systems performance, however if you are a business that runs software that requires the use of java is a different story.

    Kumming, java and java script are two different things and I think you may be confusing them, Firefox uses java script which at the moment does not have the holes and problems that java (sun systems) does. I wouldn't go near java with a 100 foot pole right now.
     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,310   +238

    I finally decided to remove it from my W7 today.
    I had it on a previous XP Pro, but didn't install it after I reinstalled the OS.
    I can't see taking unnecessary chances. Better safe than sorry.:)
     
  14. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,027   +913

    I installed the new version. It is much more secure with the pop up dialog that warns you if it wants to run.
     


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