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DHS Warning = Disable or Remove Java

 

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned users to disable or uninstall Java software on their computers, amid continuing fears and an escalation in warnings from security experts that hundreds of millions of business and consumer users are vulnerable to a serious flaw.

Hackers have discovered a weakness in Java 7 security that could allow the installation of malicious software and malware on machines that could increase the chance of identity theft, or the unauthorized participation in a botnet that could bring down networks or be used to carry out denial-of-service attacks against Web sites.”

The biggest problem with this is that most of our clients relay on Java to run their business software or access Internet sites.  For some of you reading this you have no option but to stay alert and call us at the first sign of a problem on your PC.

Please take extra precautions if you decide to leave Java enabled.

We have included instructions to disable Java below.

Think before you click and when in doubt use the delete key.

Windows removal instructions:

clip_image0024Windows 7 and Vista users can go to Control Panel -> Programs. Older versions of Windows will be under Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs.

clip_image004Find Java in the Program list, highlight it and choose Uninstall. Windows will prompt you to confirm. Say yes.

You can confirm that Java is no longer installed by visitinghttp://java.com. Click “Do I have Java?” Click verify and confirm that it says “No working Java was detected on your system.”

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Windows Disable Procedure:
Find the Java Control Panel

Windows XP

· Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.

· Double click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.

Windows 7, Vista

· Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.

· In the Control Panel Search enter Java Control Panel.

· Click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.

Windows 8
Use search to find the Control Panel

· Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings
OR
Drag the Mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner of the screen, then click on the Search icon.

· In the search box enter Java Control Panel

· Click on Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
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Disable Java through the Java Control Panel

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1. In the Java Control Panel, click on the Security tab.

2. Deselect the check box for Enable Java content in the browser. This will disable the Java plug-in in the browser.

3. Click Apply. When the Windows User Account Control (UAC) dialog appears, allow permissions to make the changes.

4. Click OK in the Java Plug-in confirmation window.

5. Restart the browser for changes to take effect.


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