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Computer users told to disable Java
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Posted on 01/12/2013 1:29:28 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Computer users told to disable Java Press Association – 16 hours ago

Press Association - Computer owners in the US have been advised to temporarily disable Java software (AP)

The US Department of Homeland Security has advised people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

The recommendation came in an advisory which was issued following concerns raised by computer security experts.

Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other hi-tech mischief.

Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer's operating system.

Oracle bought Java as part of a 7.3 billion US dollars acquisition of the software's creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hackers; homelandsecurity; internet; java

1 posted on 01/12/2013 1:29:35 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like ORACLE didn’t make the “recommended” donation to Omoslem.

Once they do, this security concern should spontaneously go away.


2 posted on 01/12/2013 1:32:43 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The next day they posted an email that you should download and install a fix.
3 posted on 01/12/2013 1:34:37 PM PST by An Old Man
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To: Sub-Driver

So how do you disable it?


4 posted on 01/12/2013 1:35:05 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

It wouldn’t hurt to go to the control panel and either to ‘add remove programs’ in XP or in Windows 7 it is ‘programs and features’ and after the list comes up ‘uninstall’ or ‘remove’ anything java related. Apparently from what I’m reading it is a genuine threat for now until Oracle/Java announces a fix. I am.


5 posted on 01/12/2013 1:44:28 PM PST by squirt (POLITICIANS & DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED, FOR THE SAME REASON)
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To: mountainlion
Google "how to disable Java" and you'll find a number of solutions depending on what version of Java you're running and browser too.
The Java program (icon) can be found by clicking Start, Settings, Control Panel. Right click JAVA and Open.
6 posted on 01/12/2013 1:45:30 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Sub-Driver

FYI

From Firefox/Mozilla:

“In order to protect you, Firefox has stopped the Java plugin from running automatically because it has a security issue. However, you can still use Java on trusted sites if necessary. We’ll show you how [via the link below]”:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-to-use-java-if-its-been-blocked


7 posted on 01/12/2013 1:47:47 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

DHS. Yeah, they caught the underwear bomber, the shoe bomber, the tooth fairy bomber. All before anything happened. Yeah. Riggghhhhttttt!


8 posted on 01/12/2013 1:48:32 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: TomGuy

Just checked the wife’s barely-secure Win 7 Asus laptop. Java has already been disabled on it too!


9 posted on 01/12/2013 1:51:47 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Sub-Driver
i disabled mine yesterday and have yet to see a website i can't load and use...
10 posted on 01/12/2013 1:54:13 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: oh8eleven
My choice was uninstall so I did. Something is wrong as Firefox quit yesterday after an update. I no longer have firefox.
11 posted on 01/12/2013 1:57:40 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion
in FireFox simply click on the TOOLS tab, then Add-ons then click Disable on the Java icons
12 posted on 01/12/2013 1:58:25 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sub-Driver; a fool in paradise

Thousands of corporate applications run on Java. Stop them? Absurd! How do we disable these “experts”?


13 posted on 01/12/2013 1:59:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: mountainlion

I use firefox - go to tools, add ons.


14 posted on 01/12/2013 2:01:56 PM PST by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: Sub-Driver

>> DHS has advised people to temporarily disable the Java software

In other news, DHS warns consumers the burrito special at Taco Bell is too spicy this week.


15 posted on 01/12/2013 2:03:36 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: mountainlion

Just click on your “system” icon, then “files.” It should bring up an alphabetical list of everything loaded into the PC. Got to the files you want to delete, highlight it, then hit UNINSTALL. It takes only a few seconds and you’re done.


16 posted on 01/12/2013 2:16:46 PM PST by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: Sub-Driver

I went to Control Panel and disabled Java. Hopefully that will do it.

Frankly, I thought that the MS version, way back when, integrated better with Windows, but they lost a patent fight and agreed to abandon their gadget.


17 posted on 01/12/2013 2:21:06 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: LyinLibs

Funny that you mention the ‘recomended donation’ Trend is reporting that they have seen ransomware that used this Java vulnerability as the vector to the target PC.

http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/java-zero-day-exploit-in-the-wild-spreading-ransomware/


18 posted on 01/12/2013 2:28:17 PM PST by Slainte
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To: Sub-Driver

Problem with disabling Java is that many things one does on the internet no longer work right or work at all. Videos won’t run, Facebook stops in it’s tracks, games are worthless, etc. Disable it if you think Homeland Security knows what they’re doing. “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” Otherwise, screw him or her or whatever that fat, ugly beast is, who is the head of Homeland Security.


19 posted on 01/12/2013 2:50:39 PM PST by HotHunt
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To: Chode

“i disabled mine yesterday and have yet to see a website i can’t load and use...”

Bank of America’s on-line banking site doesn’t work w/Java disabled.


20 posted on 01/12/2013 2:55:02 PM PST by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: HotHunt

Agreed. My answer is to run a strong always in memory anti-virus program. It’s kept me safe (knock on wood!) I recently discovered, running an anti malware program, that I had a nasty trojan file on disk. It never did any damage.


21 posted on 01/12/2013 2:56:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

This youtube clip is still enabled...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC3acoZ3zVk


22 posted on 01/12/2013 2:56:32 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Sub-Driver

Run ad bock in your browser, don’t go to porn sites, and don’t open links people randomly send you on facebook or email. You’ll be fine.


23 posted on 01/12/2013 3:08:07 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: squirt
and after the list comes up ‘uninstall’ or ‘remove’ anything java related.

I had trouble removing Java because I got asked questions during the uninstall, requiring a Yes or No answer.
My instinct was to answer No - but only by answering Yes was I able to finally delete it. - tom

24 posted on 01/12/2013 3:44:14 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Magic Fingers
thank God i don't use BoA... if you need it simply click on enable when you do
25 posted on 01/12/2013 4:25:20 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Swordmaker; All

Do sensible Mac users need to disable Java? By sensible, I mean those of us who don’t frequent questionable websites, or download weird stuff?

If so, maybe a quick explanation is needed.


26 posted on 01/12/2013 4:25:56 PM PST by jacquej
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t know beans about computers, but I stopped using Firefox years ago. Too many plug-in crashes, IIRC. No Java on the pc I’m currently using, and youtube videos work just fine in Opera browser.
That said, yesterday I had something unusual crop up with an ATI program called CLI.exe, while doing a lot of graphics work. It never appeared before — I keep an eye on task mgr to see what’s running — and suddenly there were two listings for CLI.exe. Some say it’s a virus; others say it’s just some harmless program that ATI normally packages. I dunno. But it’s probably less dangerous than Homeland Security and Java. :)
Used to wish for a doctor in the family. Now I’d rather have a computer expert.


27 posted on 01/12/2013 5:28:25 PM PST by HomeAtLast
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To: mountainlion

Re-install it. Mine works fine.


28 posted on 01/12/2013 5:57:27 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: HotHunt
... Videos won’t run, Facebook stops ...

I think you're confusing Java with JavaScript. They are not the same thing.

29 posted on 01/12/2013 6:50:46 PM PST by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: ken in texas

Using FF almost extensively.

Just checked, it’s disabled. Didn’t even notice any difference.


30 posted on 01/12/2013 7:11:10 PM PST by bicyclerepair ( >-> Zombies eat brains. >-> 50% of FL is safe.)
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To: squirt

Thank you for telling me how to remove Java from my programs. I was wondering how to do that. Learn something new every day.


31 posted on 01/12/2013 7:13:55 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Chode

Yeah, thank God.


32 posted on 01/12/2013 8:47:48 PM PST by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: SgtHooper
I am still fighting a reoccuring trojan. No thinks.
33 posted on 01/13/2013 5:56:17 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I cannot find a Tools tab on Firefox, where do I find it?


34 posted on 01/13/2013 7:12:31 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: jacquej

Jacquej, Java has not been installed on Macs as a default since OSX.4. So if you didn’t install it because some software you use needs it, don’t worry.


35 posted on 01/15/2013 9:37:41 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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