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Java - is it essential?


jonem81

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I am interested in a recent article stating that Java is not necessary. Should I uninstall whatever Java I have....some problem with security? Is it needed for smooth video playback? Also, I don't use iTunes.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Bapou

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Is your query based on The Register's report on browser security being vulnerable using Java? This only applies to version 7, (1.7), version 6 is said to be OK.

To be safe as Java looks to overcome the threat then disable the Java plug in in your browser. Not sure how to disable? Then follow instructions from How To Disable Java on Everything.

Is Java necessary? Certain websites will not open if Java is not installed. Some software may not work. That's the answer generally given without anything specific. I installed Java because BTYahoo denied me access to My Account without it. Have never experienced other than this before.

Nevertheless, have disabled my Java6 plug in in Chrome just in case. It can soon be activated rather than go to the bother of removing the program entirely.

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jonem81

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Fruit Bat /\0/\ Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jonem81

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jonem81

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Bapou

Yes, in a way. I saw something on the HowtoGeek.com website where it was suggesting that Java could cause virus problems, etc. I panicked thinking that my PC would be infected, hence my post to PCAdvisor website forum. I think I have auto-updates, but not sure. So Java 6 is OK? Thanks for your reply,

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woodchip

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Java can be a source of getting a Virus, can be turned of in Browsers. But some sites will not work if its not turned on

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jonem81

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woodchip

Thanks, woodchip , I think I'll keep it!

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Muergo

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I think the BBC site uses it, and I use the BBC a lot so I have to have it, I like the logo as well!

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Pine Man

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One of the benefits of using Firefox is that it is very easy to disable all of the add-ons, including Java, then re-enable them if a program calls for it. That way you soon find out what is necessary or not.

My list of add-ons has dropped from about 20 to 5 and amongst those remaining is - Java!

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Bapou

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Java's security problem has now been resolved and the upgrade for this is available from the Java SE Downloads website

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