How to Disable Java

Problems with Oracle's Java software platform may require you to disable to software. There are two options for dealing with Java issues:

Java is not required by the majority of Internet users. Web browsers are able to decode web pages using Java coding without the need to actually install the Java software. Unless you have a specific application that requires Java to be locally installed, you can safely remove Java from your computer.


If you require Java for a specific reason, you can temporarily disable it. It is important that you have the latest version of Java installed for these instructions to work. You can install the latest version of Java from During installation, recommends UNCHECKING any offers to change your search engine or install free antivirus software.

You can disable the software by doing the following:
  1. Open the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Open the Java icon. (If you do not see a Java icon, you may need to switch Control Panel to Classic View (Windows Vista/XP), or choose View By: Small Icons in the upper right corner (Windows 7)).
  3. Under the Security tab, uncheck Enable Java Content In The Browser.
  4. Click OK.
Java functionality will be turned off until this box is checked again.