As usual, there’s yet another security hole in the Java Runtime Environment, and if you don’t disable your Java plugin, you’re at risk for being infected with malware. Here’s how to do it.
Security holes are nothing new, but in this case, the security hole is really bad, and there’s no telling when Oracle will get around to fixing the problem. Plus, how often do you really need Java while browsing the web? Why keep it around?
Ideally, both. Otherwise:
For regular users, there’s very little reason to keep Java around.
Note: many readers pointed out that the fun and extremely geeky game Minecraft requires Java. Obviously if you’re a geek, you deserve some Minecraft–but you should still disable the Java plugin in the browser.
Just like anything else, you need to head to Control Panel –> Uninstall Programs and uninstall it from there. Find anything else that has Java, JRE, JDK, or anything similar, and click the Uninstall button—it is completely free, so you can easily reinstall it if you really have to.
For Google Chrome, head to about:plugins in your browser bar, and then hit the Enter key.
Find Java in the list, and click the Disable button.
Head to the Tools icon, and then use the Manage add-ons item in the menu.
Find the Java plugin in the list, click on it, and then click the Disable button. You’ll notice that this screenshot illustrates how to remove LastPass, but the same idea works for both.
Open up the Firefox menu and then click the Add-ons button.
Find everything that says Java in the name, and then disable it.
Finally, Java is gone! Now to find a good reason to get rid of iTunes.