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Windows 7: Do i need/have java?

15 Feb 2014   #1
gbu

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Do i need/have java?

I was trying to instll a program a couple of weeks ago and it said i needed java installed in order to run and it.
So i installed it but ws having problems and also decided that i could do with the program i was trying to run anyway.

First off should i have it installed anyway?
If not can i check to see if its installed?
If i do then which version do i need?

many thanks


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15 Feb 2014   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

It is best not to have Java installed unless you really it. There are some serious security issues with Java and it doesn't appear they will be going away anytime soon.
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15 Feb 2014   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

If you have it, it will be listed in Contol Panel / Add Remove programs

Get the latest version.

I never install Java until it`s needed, like the program you tried to install asked you to install it.

http://downloadzone.org/lp/java/MTY1...yMTBk/?kw=java

https://www.java.com/en/
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15 Feb 2014   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7 H-Premium 64-bit sp1
 
 

Hi,
What program needed Java ?
It's usually just a way to get people to download viruses or malware... willingly
http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2013/01/java-zero-day-again-time-to.html
I personally have removed Java and haven't seen the need for it and have never seen a program request me needing it to do anything as far as downloading a program,
The browser benchmark asks for it but it's in no way manditory to have it installed,
Cheers.

Additional links,
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/arch...a-applets.aspx
http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2...ty-update.html
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15 Feb 2014   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I personally would avoid any program that required Java. There usually are other programs that will not require it. Java has been having ongoing security issues for some time now. Based on its history, I don't see those issues going away anytime soon, if ever.
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15 Feb 2014   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I think Apache's Open Office requires Java for the database to work. I was trying to get accustomed to it but as I had long ago past experience using MS Office I uninstalled it & bought MS Office Pro instead.
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15 Feb 2014   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Do you need Java

You don't need it unless you need to use a program that requires it. Some websites you might want to visit could require you to have Java installed to work. Personally I only install it when needed then remove it afterwards. I haven't needed to install Java in months.

Ways to check if Java is installed that I know of:

Control Panel > Programs and Features

If you have Firefox browser installed: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/

Test Java from the Java website: https://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp

Also see: https://panopticlick.eff.org/ (reports if Java is detected and a few other things).

Removing (or installing) Java: http://singularlabs.com/software/javara/Or just install Java: https://www.java.com/en/


[EDIT]: If you keep Java installed check out how to disable it in your browser.

How to disable Java in your browser
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15 Feb 2014   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You shouldn't need it for websites either. IE has a script processor built in. If a site wants more than that, I click on the "X". Way too many other sources for information. Or at least enough to be choosey. And only a few sites even get the privilege of using Flash.
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15 Feb 2014   #9
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
You shouldn't need it for websites either. IE has a script processor built in. If a site wants more than that, I click on the "X". Way too many other sources for information. Or at least enough to be choosey. And only a few sites even get the privilege of using Flash.
Good advice. Personally I use a 64 bit browser with Plugins Click To Play Per Element enabled so that I choose not to allow flash for the entire page content. The 64 bit browser doesn't use JAVA. When I need Java I'll install it and use a 32 bit browswer on a temporary basis. Then I'll remove Java. Will also configure EMET for Java use as it seems likely that even the most up to date version is a security risk as far as unknown exploits are concerned.

I also a “script interpreter” – executing a script requires both the script interpreter, which executes the script, and the script file itself to be trusted. The script interpreter will refuse to open any non-trusted file.


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15 Feb 2014   #10
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
I think Apache's Open Office requires Java for the database to work. I was trying to get accustomed to it but as I had long ago past experience using MS Office I uninstalled it & bought MS Office Pro instead.
Unless I'm wrong you need it to see the help file.

I installed Java, read the help file and then uninstalled Java.

Still use OpenOffice.
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