It appears the auto-updater does not work on all PCs. So I have to do the update the old fashioned way. I uninstall all versions of Java found in the control panel, and if I feel the need I use that Java removal tool then I install the latest.
Why does this happen? This is my opinion so take it with a dose of salt that today's security tools and more so the folk that install more than one security tool along with the updaters being buggy lead to us doing updates the old fashioned way.
Fast forward to now or today and you may encounter folk that think that all this was worked out. No, we're still in some sort of beta testing phase.
For several weeks or longer, whenever I turn on the computer, regardless of whether I am online or offline, a flashing icon appears at the bottom of the screen. When I click it, a popup appears and gives the message:
"Do you want to allow the following program to make change to this computer?
Program name: Java Auto Updater
Verified publisher" Sun Microsystem, Inc."
Even after clicking "yes", I still get the flashing icon the next time I turn on the computer (usually just a few hours later), regardless of whether I am online or offline.
I go to the Update tab on the Java Control Panel and UNcheck the "Check for Update Automatically" box. A "Java Update - warning" popup appears and I click "Never Check" (instead of "Check Monthly").
I then click "Apply" and then "OK" on the Update tab and close the Control Panel window. However, when I open the Update tab again, the "Check for Update Automatically" box is still checked!!!
Is there hijacking and how do I fix this problem?