? for you tech people. Do I really need Java on my computer?

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  1. Sheepdog Scout

    Sheepdog Scout Behind you!

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    That's the question. Do I absolutely need Java on my computer? I update Java regularly and I surf safely on the web. I don't look at porn. I verify with things like Firefox's Web of Trust and McAfee's site adviser and such. I don't click on pop up and I use the web of trust thing that blocks popups and asks me if they think something is fishy. But it seems from time to time, I catch something and every single time the root of the problem seems to be Java.

    I run a firewall. Update my definitions constantly. Do full scans every few days and run Spybot Search and Destroy about twice a week. None of the anti virus stuff seems to stop this stuff initially. It's always after I run a scan. And the root is always Java. Not Norton, which I had first for a while. Not McAfee. But I dumped them too. And not Microsoft Security Essentials. McAfee wouldn't even catch these bugs in a full scan (in Safe Mode as well). Microsoft SE caught a couple when I did an initial scan with them, after I dumped McAfee two weeks ago.
     
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    You probably do, but might not! :supergrin:

    When you uninstall it through windows, it should tell you how ofter it is used (depending on which os). If you uninstall it and something stops working, it's easy enough to reinstall.
     

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    Many websites have Java, so you might find your surfing hindered....
     
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    I'm not even sure what java is...
     
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    You can do without it. Even if you do want java just get the JRE not the JDE.

    Java is just a computer language like C,C++,C#, VBA, etc.
     
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    Thanks. I'm not a complete computer moron, but I don't know much. What's the JRE and JDE?
     
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    JRE: Java Runtime Environment (this is only for playing java applets)
    JDE: Java Development Environment (this includes developer tools for creating and testing java applets)
     
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    Thank you sir.:wavey:
     
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    If Java is staying updated, you shouldn't be at much risk, but the great thing is that it's easy to install and uninstall.

    Most sites don't use Java (some joker is going to insist that most do, but he's talking about Javascript, which is an entirely unrelated thing). If you find that some site you frequent or need does use it, it's as simple as reinstalling.
     
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    It's like Flash. Not all sites use it (Java applets), but enough do that you would want to probably have it installed. There are also programs programmed in Java so you'll want to have it installed for that as well. Although if/when you install one programmed in Java it will probably tell you to install the JRE first.

    The footprint is small enough I wouldn't worry about it. Do the updates when they are needed (if it's not set to do automatic updates).