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How do I disable Java in my web browser?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2008 Server, Macintosh OS X
  • Browser(s): Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Java version(s): 7.0, 7u10+

Starting with Java Version 7 Update 10, a new security feature has been added to Java. Some web pages may include content or apps that use the Java plug-in, and these can now be disabled using a single option in the Java Control Panel.

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Disable Java through the Java Control Panel

Enable Java

Note: The example shows Java Control Panel for Java 7 Update 11

  1. In the Java Control Panel, click on the Security tab.
  2. Deselect the check box for Enable Java content in the browser. This will disable the Java plug-in in the browser.
  3. Click Apply. When the Windows User Account Control (UAC) dialog appears, allow permissions to make the changes.
  4. Click OK in the Java Plug-in confirmation window.
  5. Restart the browser for changes to take effect.

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Disable the Java content in the browser

Internet Explorer

The only way to completely disable Java in Internet Explorer (IE) is to disable Java through the Java Control Panel as noted above.

Chrome
  1. Click on the Chrome menu, and then select Settings.
  2. At the bottom of Settings window, click Show advanced settings
  3. Scroll down to the Privacy section and click on Content Settings.
  4. In the Content Settings panel, scroll down to the Plug-ins section.
  5. Under the Plug-ins section, click Disable individual plug-ins.
  6. In the Plugins panel, scroll to the Java section. Click Disable to disable the Java Plug-in.
  7. Close and restart the browser to enable the changes.

Note: Alternatively, you can access the Plug-ins settings by typing about:plugins in the browser address bar.

Firefox
  1. From the Firefox menu, select Tools, then click the Add-ons option
  2. In the Add-ons Manager window, select Plugins
  3. Click Java (TM) Platform plugin to select it
  4. Click Disable (if the button displays Enable then Java is already disabled)
Safari
  1. Choose Safari Preferences
  2. Choose the Security option
  3. Select Allow Plug-ins, then click on Manage Website Settings
  4. Click on the Java item, select Block from the pulldown list When visiting other websites
  5. Click Done, then close the Safari Preferences window

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