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.