The ongoing security problems with Java mean that many people will want to disable the Java plug-in for their web browsers. Here is how to do it for the most common browsers.
- In the Chrome address bar enter: chrome://plugins
- Find the entry for the Java plug-in and click “Disable”
- Open the Firefox menu
- Click “Add-ons”
- On the left side of the Add-ons manager that opens, select “ Plugins”
- Click “Disable” by the entry for Java
Firefox may have already done the disabling automatically
Disabling Java in the various versions of Internet Explorer (IE) is more complicated than it seems at first. You can use the IE Add-ons manager to disable “Java(tm) Plug-in 2 SSV Helper” and "Sun Microsystems -Deployment Toolkit " but that isn’t sufficient. There are apparently multiple ways that Java can be invoked from IE. It is sufficiently complicated that Microsoft has a special article on how to disable the Java plug-in for Internet Explorer. It isn’t pretty. The article involves Registry editing and its gory details are at this link. You can also check out this Homelands Security bulletin about IE.
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