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Java updates

Vistaar

Vista Guru
Posts
539
#2
Hello mich. If you are using a Java browser plugin, then I would recommend that you install updates promptly for security reasons. Java has been the target of many, many exploits in recent years. The real question is not whether you need Java updates, but whether you need Java at all. I haven't had Java installed on this PC for about 5 years. You might try disabling Java in your browsers just to see if it causes any real inconvenience at websites you frequently visit. You might find that it does not. If Firefox is your main browser now, open Add-ons and see if Java is set to Ask to Activate (probably the default setting, but I'm not certain since I do not have Java installed). If that is your setting, how many times has a trusted website actually required you to activate Java? The only other setting worth considering is Never Activate. I would never, ever set Java to Always Activate! The last time I remember Java being suggested to me was at the Nvidia website. If you have Java enabled, it can automatically suggest the right driver for your graphics card. However since I know what graphics card and operating system I have, I was able to find the right driver on my own without installing Java. If you are convinced that you need to have Java enabled for your web browsing, then you should consider the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit for added protection.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Elite m9150f
    CPU
    Intel Q6600
    Memory
    3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
New Zealand

Posts
2,892
#4
You should always have Java up to date if you have it installed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed