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


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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