Should I accept Java updates? They literally seem to pop up all the time.
If you have accepted the updates of the Java updater as an integral inconvenience in your life. And always after they report a security hole.
They seem to have a lot of those.
Java is designed to run on any operating system and interact with everything. Anything with so many connections has holes in the spaghetti diagram of intersections.
That’s why some people talk about getting rid of it.
The hard part is that the Java Virtual Machine is so good at interpreting and running code locally that it is used by other languages like Scala.
So I need the JVM even if I do not want to use Java.
The updates of Java can break older versions of software written to use a specific version of Java.
In that case, I do not want to update the Java.
Find out if you have software dependant on a specific version of Java, like older version of PTC’s Windchill and Pro-E. After all, being able to play online games better while breaking the engineering software on the PC is not a good trade off.
I’ve heard that Java updates are essential for IT security.
Most Java updates are to fill in security holes, not performance.
So why not update it?
Oracle does try to push a lot of bloat-ware with Java, like McAfee Security Scanner and the Ask Toolbar.
Free antivirus software does not seem like bloat, but a search tool like Ask is redundant, whether you use Google for the ubiquity or DuckDuckGo for the privacy.
No, do not worry about it, since it is all hacked by the NSA at the ISP anyway.
I cannot control what the feds do, but I do want to control what hackers could do.
Java makes it a pain in the butt to remove the extras – and you should remove older versions of Java that take up space on the computer, since Java does not remove the old versions.
Including the security hole filled versions.
Ask also hijacks your search results, no matter what you previously picked.
It sounds like Ask’s toolbar is a virus itself.
No, just an adware blessed by Java’s makers.
I am not feeling so good about Java anymore.
Update it while making sure you do not install anything but Java, and you can deal with it.
And deal with the old versions to free up a massive amount of space.
Just make sure the Java runtime parameters point to the latest version, so the PC does not try to run an old version.
How do you fix the security holes in Java without all the updates?
Disable Java, remove it entirely, reboot the PC and live with the stuff that occasionally does not run.
If I update the PC, I have to reboot the PC and still run with stuff that does not occasionally run.
To be honest, half of that is Silverlight and Adobe plug-ins, not Java.
What’s the other half?
Internet Explorer, and Microsoft in general.