• Is it time to dump Java?

    From the Washington Post: Faster Forward - Request for comments: Java considered harmful?

    I'm curious - does anyone notice that they are using web sites or services that use Java applets? Should we be recommending that people uninstall Java altogether?

    Honestly, I think it has been months since the last time I launched Java (when not actually writing Java code).

    The problem is with the constant security holes that are found in Java. Malware and spyware creators are exploiting these security holes, which means that regular users need to keep updating their Java installs or risk becoming a victim of these exploits.

    But if we're not even using Java, why bother? Let's just remove the buggy software and be done with it. See Canuck's comment below for instructions.
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Canuck's Avatar
      Canuck -
      After reading the link you give Oscar, I decided to uninstall Java, going through the Control Panel > Add/Remove programs. This worked, however the Java Icon remained in the Control Panel. Easy way of deleting this is to right click on icon > create shortcut to desktop > then delete shortcut .. this will delete the icon in CP.

      Thanks for the tip ... will keep you posted should any program require it.
    1. arraknid's Avatar
      arraknid -
      I haven't had Java, nor any browser plug-ins on my home machines for over a year, and never been prompted to install anything. That's probably more to do with my browsing habits though. My OH plays lots of on-line games which won't run without Java, but they are being replaced with your favourite, Flash.
    1. Osc's Avatar
      Osc -
      Now Microsoft has joined the fray:

      "Java exploits have usurped Adobe-related exploits as attackers’ preferred method for breaking into Windows PCs."
    1. arraknid's Avatar
      arraknid -
      Even more reason to shut it down!
    1. Steph's Avatar
      Steph -
      After reading this thread I deleted Java by going through Add/Remove in Control Panel and then deleting the icon as Canuck suggested and I haven't been asked for it since. However, running Search shows a lot of Java files still present - should I delete please, and if so, how?

      Thanks
      Steph
    1. arraknid's Avatar
      arraknid -
      Hi Steph,

      Try downloading Javara, and only use the uninstall old versions option. Then uninstall it too.
    1. Steph's Avatar
      Steph -
      Thanks Arraknid, all done. I'm surprised how many files it removed, there were masses.