After reading our article about the end of Java support in Chrome, Barbara had a question:

“How do I uninstall Java and install something to take its place? Java will look for and uninstall older versions. It says nothing about total uninstall. I do worry about safety and respect your opinions.”

Thanks Barbara! First of all, you can’t “replace” Java. If a program or website needs Java platform to function properly, it’s just not going to work right without it.  Some sites may have an alternative place to click if you don’t have Java installed, but for the most part, something either needs Java to run or it doesn’t. Trying to run a Java game on another platform would be like trying to put your vinyl record into a CD player, it’s just not going to work.

To uninstall Java, you’ll need to go to Uninstall Programs.  In Windows 7, open the start menu, type uninstall a program and click on the result. In Windows 8, type it in the search charm.

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The Programs and Features Window will open.

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In the upper-right corner, type Java in the search box.

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Any instances of Java on your computer should appear in the results.

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Click on Java. A check mark will appear and the selection will be highlighted.

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Then click the Uninstall button.

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Another option is to simply disable Java. That would prevent you inadvertently clicking on something malicious, but also allow you to have it available if there’s a site you absolutely need to visit like a time clock or to take online classes. To disable Java in Internet Explorer, click on the little gear symbol in the upper right and choose Manage Add Ons From the drop-down menu.

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Highlight Toolbars and Extensions on the left and scroll down until you find Java.

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Click on Java to highlight it.

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Then choose Disable.

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Most Java attacks happen because someone clicks on a suspicious link in an e-mail or follows a link posted somewhere that takes them to a malicious site. If you need to use Java make sure that you keep it up-to-date, that you keep Windows up-to-date and be very cautious about what you click on and where you go.  You should do the last two things whether you have Java or not.

~ Cynthia