MacMost Now 813: Disable Java In Your Browser

It is easy to disable Java in your web browser. Doing so may help protect you from future malware threats. Java is no longer used on most web sites and you will most likely not notice the difference once you turn Java off.

Comments: 24 Responses to “MacMost Now 813: Disable Java In Your Browser”

    RobbL
    7 years ago

    Thanks Gary, great info! I have two questions: I have to run Win XP (for business only) using Parallels on my iMac. Should I disable Java on Internet Explorer as well? If so can you tell us how? Thanks in advance.

    Robb

    RobbL
    7 years ago

    I spoke too soon, Gary, sorry. Here is the link for anyone who is so inclined to completely remove Java:

    http://www.java.com/en/download/help/mac_uninstall_java.xml

    John
    7 years ago

    Thanks Gary, that’s a great explanation regarding java. You have a real gift for explaining technical things in a way us non-tech friends can understand. I appreciate you!!

    Simon
    7 years ago
    Simon
    7 years ago

    How can you tell which version of java is installed (out of interest) in the first place ?

    Simon
    7 years ago

    OK thanks

    sahara
    7 years ago

    does the update protect? Have one site I absolutely need it for…

      7 years ago

      The update should protect, for now. You can always disable Java, then re-enable it when you want to visit that site.

    Gary Stone
    7 years ago

    Dear Gary, another very informative video. The way you described Java was very useful to me and made it much easier to understand. I disabled Java in Safari just like you recommended. Thanks

    David
    7 years ago

    I’m wondering how to disable java on my iPod?

    jac mills
    7 years ago

    Gary

    I was able to disable Java as your excellent video suggests. Thanks for that. One other questions, please: Do I need Abode on both my Macbook and pc? I have had for weeks now a window that pops up on every or most videos I try to watch on my Macbook only that says “w.ying.com wants to install something on your computer.” It takes many “delete” clicks to get rid of but it comes back. It is a big, big nuisance trying to get it off my screen. Can you help me please? Thanks.

      7 years ago

      What do you mean by “Adobe” — that is the name of a company that makes many products (tools like Photoshop and Flash, Acrobat Reader, Flash for the browser, Shockwave, etc).
      Not sure about the “ying” issue. What makes you think it has anything to do with Adobe? Sounds like something the site you are using is trying to install — or something you have already installed. I’d have an expert take a look and assist you on that if it comes up that often.

        jac mills
        7 years ago

        Thanks Gary.

    Bob
    7 years ago

    I have the latest update of Safari, and the Java controls are under Security:
    _Enable Java
    _Enable Java Script
    Should I uncheck both, or is one of them okay?

      7 years ago

      No! Watch the video. Disable Java. But do NOT disable JavaScript. They are not related. If you disable JavaScript, then most major web pages would cease to work or would revert to very static, non-interactive versions.

    Bob
    7 years ago

    Disregard my previous inquiry. I should learn to watch the video instead of relying only on the transcript!

    Simon
    7 years ago

    With regards to disabling Java within Opera, the only reference i can see relating to Java within Opera plugins is called “Java Applet plugin” should I disable that ?

      7 years ago

      Probably. See what they say in the Opera forums.

    Simon
    7 years ago

    From what I can see in order to disable Java in Opera you have to disable the Java applet plugin, so i’ll try that

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