by Anura Guruge
If you haven’t already got them, you will soon start getting “Update Java” notifications IF you ever had Java installed on your machine.
IF you don’t think you use Java, and there is a 76.4% chance that you actually DON’T, just ignore the message. Java can’t be ‘exploited’ if it is NOT running and when you try to run it it will FORCE you to update. So that is my recommendation. Wait until you need Java before updating. That is what Deanna is doing.
I, however, use Java on a fairly regular basis for checking Orbital Diagrams, from JPL, as shown below. I invariably are in a hurry when I am looking for orbits. So I don’t want to get sidetracked for 10 minutes updating Java. So I update Java, when I have a few minutes, once I have received 2 notifications.
I did update Java on two (2) Windows 7 PCs yesterday, one ‘Professional’ the other ‘Home Premium’.
Yes, I got an error message on both cases BUT it installed successfully each time as the above message proves.
My second recommendation. Do NOT use the ‘link’ in the notification message to try and update Java.
Instead, go to Java.com.
Then click on the “Do I have Java?” link BELOW the big red ‘Free Download’ button.
Follow the instructions. Close Chrome.
I have found over the months that this is the least error prone of the update options.
Java has become a right royal pain. This wasn’t the promise.
P.S. Use this JPL link to double-check that your Java is properly installed and working.