- Playing on-line games generally requires Java.
- With OpenOffice, Java is needed for the items listed here .
- It used to be that Java was needed for websites to be properly displayed. However, that is generally not the case now with Flash having taken over.
- There may be commercial programs that depend on Java. If Java is needed for a software installed on your computer, there should be a prompt for it.
The Java spike in Q3 is primarily driven by attacks on three vulnerabilities, which all, by the way, have had patches available for them for some time now. The first two, in particular, have gone from hundreds of thousands per quarter to millions:
CVE Attacks Computers Description CVE-2008-5353 3,560,669 1,196,480 A deserialization issue in vulnerable versions of JRE (Java Runtime Environment) allows remote code execution through Java-enabled browsers on multiple platforms, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Mac OS X. CVE-2009-3867 2,638,311 1,119,191 Another remote code execution, multi-platform issue caused by improper parsing of long file:// URL arguments. CVE-2010-0094 213,502 173,123 Another deserialization issue, very similar to CVE-2008-5353.
Whether you keep Java or decide to uninstall it from your computer, it is necessary to look not only for the Java(TM) 6 Update (number) but also for any installation with J2SE, Java(TM) 5, or Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 6. It is also advisable to remove the leftover files in your downloads folder.
In the event you keep Java installed, there should only be the current version in add/remove programs (as of this posting, Java(TM) 6 Update 22, available at Java SE Runtime Environment 6u22).
Since Java updates tend to leave leftovers, JavaRa is recommended. Freð ðe Vries provided notice that JavaRa has been silently updated to reflect the publication of Oracle's Java JRE 126.96.36.199. Leftovers up to Oracle Sun Java 188.8.131.52 are now cleaned by JavaRa. Simply download JavaRa and unzip it to your desktop.
- Double-click on JavaRa.exe to start the program. (Windows Vista and Windows 7 users right-click JavaRa.exe > Select Run as Administrator)
- Click on Remove Older Versions to remove older versions of Java.
Confirm that the following folders a have also been removed:
References: Have you checked the Java?
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