Uninstall or Disable Java in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera

Java is regularly in the news, and not for reasons it would want to be. Every other day, some zero-day Java vulnerability or the other is found, a security advisory released, and within a few days a patch is released. The latest in the news is Java 7, where Oracle released Update 11 to patch the vulnerability. This has now led to scramble among many security guru’s – many of whom are advising that it was time to disable, if not completely uninstall Java, from one’s computers.

This article  will tell you how to uninstall or disable Java on your Windows computer and how to disable Java plugin in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera browser.

Uninstall Java from Windows computer

To completely uninstall Java from your Windows computer, head over to your Control Panel, and from the Program and Features applet, select the Java entry and click on Uninstall. If you see more than one entry, uninstall them all one after the other.

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Disable Java on Windows computer

To disable Java on your computer, open the Java applet from the Control Panel.

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This will open the Java Control Panel window. Under the Security tab, you may  move the slide up to Very High – Security level. Or to disable Java completely, uncheck Enable Java content in the browser.  Don’t forget to click on Apply/OK.

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Additionally, under the Advanced tab, you can select the option/s to Prompt user during JRE Auto-download and at other times, etc. More here on how to manage Java settings.

Disable Java plugin in IE

To disable Java plugin on Internet Explorer you can use the Add-ons manager to disable Java(tm) Plug-in 2 SSV Helper and Sun Microsystems Deployment Toolkit. But this does not actually suffice. You have to edit some registry settings too, to complete disable Java on IE.

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KB2751647 has mentioned the registry settings which need to be edited, so as to completely disable the Java web plug-in in Internet Explorer. As per the KB article, can disable Java by setting kill bits for the Java CLSIDs and by setting the URL action to Disable. Based on the article I have prepared this registry fix which you can download and apply, after you have created a system restore point.

Disable Java in Firefox

To disable Java plugin in Mozilla Firefox browser, via the Firefox menu, open the Addons manager and select Plugins.

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Disable all the Java entries that you see.

Disable Java in Chrome

To disable Java plugin in Google Chrome browser, type chrome://plugins and hit Enter.

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Look for Java plug-in and click Disable.

Disable Java in Opera

To disable Java plugin in Opera browser, type opera:plugins in the address bar and hit Enter.

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Disable all the Java entries.

Go here to see how to disable or change Java Permissions using the Windows Group Policy Editor.

Do note that Java is different from JavaScript … more on that here!

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Debbie Schmidt

    It seems that Oracle has changed the JAVA console so that the security settings cannot be edited. Any workaround for this?

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    The screenshot is from the latest Java Update 11. Are you not seeing it?

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