Q: US government tells computer users to disable Java

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised bycomputer security experts.Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer's operating system.Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software's creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.Oracle, which is based in Redwood Shores, Calif., had no immediate comment late Friday.

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YesBoss posted Jan 12, 2013
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Do you know if I uninstall will I need to replace it with something else?
helloamy1977 (rep: 2.53k) posted Jan 12, 2013
I seen this but if you disable/uninstall Java a lot of websites will not run because they use Java...I will just keep Java but not install any of their updates (recommended or otherwise) and should be fine.
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted Jan 12, 2013
I am not going to do this I have a good anti-virus program.
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted Jan 12, 2013
I don't have Java on mine. I think I took it off my son's a couple of years ago when there was another warning. Here's a tutorial on how to remove it: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414191,00.asp
glwrks (rep: 122k) posted Jan 12, 2013
About 2 years ago we got a virus via Java and had to replace.
xptrish (rep: 83.9k) posted Jan 12, 2013
billions of electronics runs with JAVA, how can i uninstall?....my laptop will be like gun without bullet
praveensapkota (rep: 59.5k) posted Jan 12, 2013
Thank you glwrks. In the article: For chrome I went to chrome plugins in the address bar and scrolled down to disable java and thats it. Very easy
helloamy1977 (rep: 2.53k) posted Jan 12, 2013
Thanks for the info. Thanks for the links above on how to disable it.
akaricke (rep: 160k) posted Jan 13, 2013
The thumbs down was because of the government- not particularly the post. This is one way for the government to control us and the internet. They claim something and then force us to shut our internet down. What are they planning on doing the day we are to uninstall our Java? What are they planning on using it for, for their own purpose?
They figure when everyone uninstalls it- they can it use to their benefit without the slowing down of everyone else on it.
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Jan 13, 2013
@MdavidK30 I honesty had this same exact thought cross my mind last night! The government is trying to control everyone and everything and it needs to stop! I was just reading about the U.S. trying to extradite (he lives in Ne Zealand) Kim Dotcom (who ran Megaupload) and has frozen his assets but Steve Wozniak supports him and backs him up. He's not committing copyright infringement it's the government trying to limit freedom.

Excerpt from an article:

“When governments dream up charges of ‘racketeering’ for a typical IT guy who is just operating a file-sharing service, or accuse him of mail fraud because he said he had removed files [to alleged infringing content] when he’d just removed the links to them, this is evidence of how poorly thought out the attempt to extradite him is.”

“Prosecutors are attempting to take advantage of loopholes. Too bad for the U.S. government that DotCom lives in New Zealand, which is better on human rights.”

Link to article and photo of Steve Wozniak (Apple Founder) and Kim Dotcom (Megaupload): http://torrentfreak.com/apple-founder-woz-defends-megaupload-120625/

Not to mention the video I watched about the Sandy Hook Conspiracy...
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted Jan 13, 2013
does this go for MACs too?
jkbane (rep: 2) posted Jan 13, 2013
Here's an update:

"...recently discovered flaw only affects Java 7, the program's most-recent version, and Java software designed to run on browsers."

"A fix will be available shortly," the company said in a statement released late on Friday."

LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 2.96k) posted Jan 13, 2013
I set mine up to approve it every time a website wants access.
SwagMom (rep: 365) posted Jan 13, 2013
I disabled mine because about a week ago my shockwave player kept crashing everytime I would watch a movie and my pages kept loading and loading. I removed adobe and disabled java and my computers back to normal.
helloamy1977 (rep: 2.53k) posted Jan 13, 2013
Actually, Java is hardly used by web sites these days. However it is still used for controlling gadgets like security cameras and remote consoles on servers. Most home users can get along just fine without it, and would be better off not installing it unless they knew for certain that they needed it. Java has a never-ending history of security flaws, but this one happens to be particularly bad because it is easy to exploit and it has already appeared "in the wild" before it was discovered by security researchers.
fluffy (rep: 2.17k) posted Jan 14, 2013