How to Remove or Disable Java on Your PC
Tired 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:
- 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).
- 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).
- 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 disable Java plugin in Chrome
- How to disable Java plugin in Firefox
- How to disable Java plugin in Internet Explorer
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:
- 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)
- Click ‘Uninstall a Program’ under Programs
- Find Java in the list of programs, click it and press ‘Uninstall’ at the top of the list.
- Click ‘Yes’ to confirm that you want to remove / uninstall Java.