How to Remove or Disable Java on Your PC

Remove or Disable Java from your PCTired of having Java on your computer?

Perhaps you’re annoyed with the frequent updates & compatibility issues with newer versions of Java? Or maybe it’s just the simple fact that a whopping 90% of cyber-attacks involved a Java exploit in 2013?

Most users don’t really need or use Java. If they do, it doesn’t involve the Java browser plug-in, which is typically the weak link in cyber-attacks.

That being said, it’s worth making a few adjustments based on your specific Java needs. Namely:

  1. If you need Java to run specific applications on your computer, but don’t visit any websites that require Java, then disable the Java plug-in in your web browser(s).
  2. If you need Java for a specific website, then leave the Java plug-in enabled for one browser that’s only used to visit that site (example: Firefox) and disable the Java plug-in in all others (IE & Chrome).
  3. If you don’t need Java to run specific applications or if you don’t visit websites that require Java in your web browser, then simply uninstall/remove Java from your computer.

How to Disable Java Web Browser Plug-ins

Below are the instructions on how to disable the Java plug-in for the most popular web browsers:  Chrome, Internet Explorer & Firefox.

How to Remove / Uninstall Java from Your Computer

Don’t need Java on your computer at all? Then it’s best if you uninstall / remove it completely. Uninstalling / removing Java from your computer can be done the same way as any other program:

  1. Open the Control Panel on your PC (via Start on Windows 7/Vista/XP. Windows 8 users can right-click on the bottom left corner of the screen)
  2. Click ‘Uninstall a Program’ under Programs
  3. Find Java in the list of programs, click it and press ‘Uninstall’ at the top of the list.
  4. Click ‘Yes’ to confirm that you want to remove / uninstall Java.

How to Confirm that Java is Gone

You can confirm whether or not Java has been successfully removed (or the browser plug-in successfully disabled) by visiting the ‘Verify Java Version‘ page on the official Java website.

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