Potential Security Flaw: How to Disable Java in IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers?

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An unpatched hole in the Java runtime environment was found by researchers at Security Explorations recently. This has prompted many users to disable Java until a patch is released by Oracle. Although no malware which exploits the flaw has been documented, users can avoid potential risks by disabling Java in their favorite browsers. Here is a tutorial on how to disable Java in browsers like Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.

 

Disabling Java in Internet Explorer 9

Step 1: Open IE9

Step 2: Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of the browser window

Step 3: After than hit the button Manage Add-ons

Step 4: Click on Toolbars and Extensions

Step 5: Select the Java entry which you want to disable

Step 6: Click on Disable button present at the bottom right corner of the window

Potential Security Flaw: How to Disable Java in IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers?

When you restart the browser a new window will appear informing you that the Java add-on is ready for use. You should click on ‘Don’t Enable’ to prevent Java from loading by itself.

Disabling Java in Firefox

Step 1: Open Firefox browser

Step 2: Click on Tools

Step 3: Click on Add-ons. This will open Add-ons Manager

Step 4: Click on Plugins which will displayed on the left side of the window

Step 5: Find the Java plugin from the list

Step 6: Click on Disable adjacent to the entry

Disabling Java in Google Chrome

Step 1: Open Google Chrome browser

Step 2: Type “chrome://plugins” in the address bar and hit Enter

Step 3: Trace the Java plugin from the list displayed

Step 4: Click on Disable below the entry to disable Java

 

Disabling Java in Safari

Step 1: Open Safari browser

Step 2: Click on Safari

Step 3: Select Preferences

Step 4: Click on the Security tab

Step 5: Uncheck the box adjacent to ‘Enable Java’

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