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  • Java gets updated again

    Posted on February 7th, 2013 at 10:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just received this question from DS:

    Hi Woody thanks for all the great advice. I us FF and java is disabled but I am receiving the update notice again. Seems I just updated a couple weeks ago. Should I just o ahead and update? Usually easier thank trying to completely remove it, never use. Thanks 

    Java has been updated three times in the past six weeks. On the one hand, that’s a lot of patches. On the other hand, they really need to fix all of the bleeping security holes.

    The smartest thing to do is to simply uninstall Java: go into Control Panel, click to Remove a Program, and get rid of Java (all versions) and anything else that might have “Java” in the name.

    Once it’s removed, try to live without it. Some of you will have specific programs that require Java – and if you hit one, the program will demand that you install Java. At that point you can decide if you want to allow Java back onto your machine.

    There are many different flavors of Java, but you’re bound to encounter two on a Windows PC. First is Java itself – the program behind, oh, parts of LibreOffice, and many other applications. That program is reasonably secure, if you keep up with the Java updates.

    The second flavor of Java is the kind that works inside your browsers. If you decide to re-install Java, immediately disable it in all of your browsers. I have detailed instructions in the (free) Top Story for Windows Secrets Newsletter, January 24.

    If you absolutely, positively must have Java enabled in a browser, I guess it’s best to use Internet Explorer – simply because disabling Java in IE alone is a massive task. So if you must, must, must use Java inside a browser, install and enable Java in all browsers, use the instructions in the Windows Secrets Top Story to disable it in Firefox and/or Chrome, update IE to version 9 or 10, and get all of the IE patches applied, before you start IE.

    Then use IE to get at the site that demands Java. Close down IE after you go to the site and do your thing. Don’t use IE for anything else. And be careful.

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