Suppress Java offers like Ask Toolbar, McAfee Security Scan, etc.

Attentive Windows users may have noticed that, during installation or while updating Java, it offers to install the Ask Search app or McAfee Security Scan Plus on your computer, with a pre-checked box. If you are careful, you will probably uncheck the box. If you do not, you will end up with this unwanted crapware on your PC.

Java is a programming language and computing platform, which powers state-of-the-art programs including utilities, games, and business applications. It allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, view images in 3D and more. While it is very popular, you can surely do without it. In fact many these days are preferring to disable or uninstall Java.

Prior to the Java 7 Update 65 (7u65) release, one could disable sponsor offers during installation, by de-selecting the option during installation or updating or one could pass SPONSORS=0 as a command line option. But starting with the 7u65 release, a new Java Control Panel option has been added that lets you disable sponsors is available.

Disable or Supress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java

If you wish to permanently disable Java’s Ask toolbar, McAfee Security Scan Plus and other sponsored offers, you can easily do that. Oracle Java has put up a tutorial on how to get this done. It suggests two methods to disable sponsor offers – Through the Java Control Panel or by installing Java through a specific Command Prompt method.

Through the Java Control Panel

Type java in Windows 8 Start Search, and click open Configure Java. Open the Advanced tab and scroll down to Miscellaneous.

Supress sponsor offers when installing or updating JavaYou will see Supress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java. Select this check box and click on Apply.

Using Command Prompt method

You can also install Java without being offered any third party crapware, using the command line. If you do this, then you will not be presented with these 3rd party offers, any time in future.

To do this, you will have to download the Windows Online installer.

Next navigate to the folder where you downloaded the installer. Press Shift and right-click. You will see Open command windows here. Click on it. Now in the CMD windows which opens, type the following and hit Enter:

jre-7u55-windows-i586-iftw.exe SPONSORS=0

This procedure should be applied to 32-bit, online installers, and is available in Java releases 7u55 and later. Applying the procedure to offline installers, or to installers released prior to 7u55 will not disable sponsor offers.

Before you move on, you might want to check out these Tips to avoid Crapware & Bloatware on your Windows PC.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.