Department of Homeland Security advises computer users to disable Java because of security bug

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 11, 2013 - 8:52 PM
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aanen1Jan. 11, 13 7:48 PM

I did this and immediately was unable to use some news websites that I use frequently, so I turned it back on. Guess I'll have to take my chances.

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Grin0048Jan. 11, 13 8:00 PM

It's really just the java browser plugin that needs to be disabled.

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joshua77Jan. 11, 13 8:06 PM

The writer of this article should of advised the reader how to disable Java on Win XP and Win 7, if they were a good writer.

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cGeeJan. 11, 13 8:33 PM

So if it's that important, why didn't they explain how to remedy the problem?

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bobblumenfelJan. 11, 13 8:59 PM

Important note: This article rightly advises you to disable JAVA, but that is not the same thing as JAVASCRIPT. They are two totally different beasts. There is no need to disable JAVASCRIPT.

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kenw1952wJan. 11, 13 9:37 PM

Ok....now I'm really confused, hope someone explains what needs to be done and what doesn't.

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bobblumenfelJan. 11, 1310:08 PM

The simplest way is to go into Windows' Remove Programs (in Windows XP) or Uninstall Programs (Windows Vista and 7, possibly 8 also) and Uninstall it. I'd try to give specific steps, but the Comment Editor would just smoosh them all into one unreadable paragraph. Like it just did with this SECOND paragraph. Only general pointer I can give you is to tell you that the Remove Program or Uninstall Program can be accessed from the Start button in the lower left corner, then Control Panel.

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gking2mnJan. 12, 13 7:38 AM

What about java on smartphones?

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davehougJan. 12, 13 8:34 AM

So let me get this straight. The government tells everybody in the world to stop using YOUR product and the response given is "no comment"! ? ! ? Somebody in Java screwed up big time by not getting the right info into the public and letting the world worry about everything with the JAVA brand.

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herbalteaJan. 12, 13 6:24 PM

@bobblumenfel so I went there and apparently I haven't updated my java since Sept 2012...so I should be ok and not have to uninstall, since the lack of code security is a recent development, I presume, right?

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