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Java Update

by golden1 / January 19, 2013 1:53 AM PST

Got a message from Norton about updating Java. I thought this would be done automatically. Or a pop-up would come up. Hesitant to do anything.
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RE: Java Update
by Mymom6678 / January 29, 2013 8:29 PM PST
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Actually, most programs need Java. Applications, games, websites, anything! If you need it then install. But, I recommend not to update it to JAVA 7. It just got itself new, more dangerous flaws. If you want to use JAVA, you better use Java 6 U 35 - The version I am using. Grin

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Java Update
by golden1 / January 30, 2013 12:10 AM PST
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Thank you!

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Sorry, Not Entirely Accurate
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 4:09 AM PST
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First, most programs DON'T need Java to function on your computer. The primary uses for Java are for use in browsers on the internet, although there are a few computer programs which actually require it. In addition, only a few websites require Java applets to function and for many, disabling Java or uninstalling it completely works just fine. (Yep, there are quite a few online games that require Java, but many don't and you can easily test which ones but disabling Java, then visiting the site.).... Read the bottom section of the article in the link below to see how few items on your computer actually require Java:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-big-a-security-risk-is-java-can-you-really-quit-using-it/4749


And second, if you're wanting to use Java 6, (which seems to be a little safer than Java 7 for the moment), then the most current is Update 38, which contains security updates from Update 37.. (Java 6 Update 35, as you've suggested, doesn't include the most recent security updates.).

See the most recent releases for both Java 6 & 7 at the link below;
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

Hope this helps.

Grif

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But what about MineCraft?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 4:12 AM PST
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(NT) You're Addicted, Are You ? :-)
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 8:11 AM PST
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Think of the children.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 8:18 AM PST
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helpful
by Ethan1985 / February 7, 2013 8:17 PM PST

Thanks

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Rarely automatic.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 19, 2013 2:39 AM PST
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But most folk do not need JAVA. Uninstall it and see if you need it.
Bob

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Java Update
by golden1 / January 19, 2013 3:59 AM PST
In reply to: Rarely automatic.

You answered my question. I searched and don't have it and from the notice said I didn't think it would apply to a home user like me.
Thanks

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