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Windows 7: Do I need Java on my PC

18 Sep 2014   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Do I need Java on my PC

Somewhere in this forum I think I read that Brink (or someone) had uninstalled Java, for security reasons.

Is uninstalling Java feasible. ?
I presently have Java disabled (in my browser -- Palemoon) and only activate it as necessary

Thank you


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18 Sep 2014   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Java is not a part of Windows but is a separate product. Many people, including myself, do not have it installed. Java is a well known security risk. It is usually not required but there are a number of websites that require it.
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18 Sep 2014   #3
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

@ LMiller7

For memory most banks use Java for internet banking (dumb).

I will leave Java disabled and only enable it if I have too.
Or is just the presence of Java a problem?

Thanks for your very prompt reply
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18 Sep 2014   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I don't know of any banks that require Java from Oracle

Java is mostly for Gaming and about nothing else except an easy accessible security hole in your system for the dark side Luke
Interesting reads,
http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2013/01/java-zero-day-again-time-to.html
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2013/04/16/how-to-protect-your-computer-against-dangerous-java-applets.aspx
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18 Sep 2014   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Apparently Java is often used by banks on the server. It is not usually required on the client but there are a exceptions.

If you need Java then it must be installed. Otherwise it is just a security risk and best uninstalled. At one time I had Java installed, but no more. I don't miss it.
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18 Sep 2014   #6
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Just checked my Browsers (Palemoon and Firefox) ... no sign of Java enabled or disabled.
- Java is out of "Oracle" isn't it ?
- 10 days ago I received a Oracle Hoax (had a run of email hoaxes in about a week)
- now I am wondering if there is a connection between the Oracle hoax and the state of my installed programs.

In "Add remove Programs" I do have "Java 7 Update 45" ... October 2013 ... 118 MB
If I uninstall it that should be the end of Java ?
- what is the chance of a hidden Java ?
- I have run Bitdefender, SUPERantiVirus, and Malwarebytes ... and all is clean (I hope)
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18 Sep 2014   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

The other two links should of walked you through java settings and removal :/
Here's a couple more
http://www.java.com/en/download/faq/remove_olderversions.xml
http://www.java.com/en/download/help/uninstall_java.xml
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19 Sep 2014   #8
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Checked my Browsers (Palemoon and Firefox) ... no sign of Java as an addon.
- 10 days ago I received a Oracle Hoax (had a run of email hoaxes in about a week)
- now I am wondering if there is a connection between the Oracle hoax and the state of my installed programs.

In "Add remove Programs" I do have "Java 7 Update 45" ... October 2013 ... 118 MB
If I uninstall it that should be the end of Java ?
- what is the chance of a hidden Java ?
- I have run Bitdefender, SUPERantiVirus, and Malwarebytes ... and all is clean (I hope)

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EDIT
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Just occurred to me ...
- I have done an "Everything" search of my laptop HDD for: java
- revealed 84 items
- have exported the "search" and imported into a spreadsheet.
- a lot of folders
- I will go through the list and evaluate each entry

I will return here with results

Thank you all for your help so far
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20 Sep 2014   #9
esowiki

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Please don't mix Java and Javascript.
Javascript is used in Browsers like Chrome, Firefox etc. and has nothing in common with Java from Oracle despite the name.
You can uninstall Java but beware that some programs need the java runtime.

Examples are: Eclipse, Minecraft, Jdownloader and some functions of Open-/LibreOffice.

If Java RE is really needed two suggestions:

Install it together with your OS in VirtualBox.

or

By using the portable JRE from PortableApps.com you can start Java based programs just in case you need them.
Sample for JDownloader shortcut on my desktop:
"c:\utilities\commonfiles\java\bin\javaw.exe" -jar "c:\jdownloader\app\jdownloader\jdownloader.jar"

Target of jportablexxx.online.paf.exe is directory
c:\utilities\commonfiles\java (also for future JRE updates) xxx = java release
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19 Sep 2015   #10
Dragonchaser

W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bawldiggle View Post
Somewhere in this forum I think I read that Brink (or someone) had uninstalled Java, for security reasons.
I read that, too.

It was a thread about tuning and configuring your Windows 7 after a clean install, IIRC.

Could anyone point me to that thread, please?


Update: found the thread here (see step 7).
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