Java is indeed a pain, but the good news is few people actually need it in the first place. Here’s what you need to know about what it does, what its problems are and how to get rid of it.
What Is Java?
Is Java Insecure?
I-can-get-past-your-lock-screen50 per cent of all cyber attacks last year
Should I Disable it?
Java has two parts: the runtime that runs on your computer (and lets you run Java apps), and the browser plug-in that comes along with it. Most of the time, the browser plug-in is what causes all the security problems. And since you probably don’t even need the browser plug-in, we recommend disabling it.
However, the Java runtime installed on your computer is annoying in and of itself, particularly on Windows. It’s constantly nagging you for updates, taking up space in your system tray, and chances are you don’t even need it. In a lot of cases, you probably installed Java for some one-time app back in the day and never needed it again.
We recommend uninstalling Java altogether. If you find that an app asks for Java after the fact, you can always reinstall it. Open up the Start menu, search for
uninstall a program, press Enter and choose Java from the uninstall list. You’ll be happy you did.
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