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#1 Anonix

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:07 AM

I checked Windows "add/remove programs" and it tells me I only have JAVA 7 (w/update 1) installed on my computer. I then checked REVO Uninstaller, which showed a JAVA 6 with update 26, so I uninstalled that (yes, there were files to be removed), after which REVO showed I only have JAVA 7 (with 1 update) installed on my computer.

Then I did a 'search all files and folders' using keyword "J2SE", and this is what I got:

"J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6" showed up in:
c:\documents and settings\administrator\local settings\application data\[3248f0a6-6813-11d6-a77b-00b0d015006o

Files similar to the above (also for version 5.0, update 6) were found for four other users ... all file names include "local settings\application data"...

the users are:
alternate
default
guest
ME (my initials)

then a last file that looks like this:
system 32\config\systemprofile\local settings\application data\ (then lots more numbers)

Question: Do the above results mean that older versions of JAVA are actually still ON my computer? If so, can I just go to those folders and delete them? I have no idea how to do anything with a registry.

After this last update, I officially cannot stand JAVA. If they are going to issue all these critical security updates, which they do all the time, why can't they also figure out how to automatically remove older versions?? I am sure half the people who use computers don't even know having older versions of JAVA left on their computer is a serious security risk.

I am considering uninstalling ALL JAVA programs and files I find and starting over. Would that be just dumb? I am just very worried that after all this, I still have older JAVA files hidden away here and there that some Trojan could exploit (my anti-virus found two 'exploit' files and a trojan downloader a few days ago, which is what got me interested in checking for older versions of JAVA).

I don't have control over how and where JAVA files are stored. Seemingly every program uses it as I am finding all sorts of extra files (50+ files when I searched for the keyword "JRE"...a lot look to be related to older versions, not JAVA 7).

Please help! Should I try removing all JAVA and start over?

Edited by Anonix, 20 October 2011 - 01:56 PM.


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#2 TulsaRose

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 06:32 AM

Have you read this post by Allan re: Java?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic424054.html

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 11:41 AM

Have you read this post by Allan re: Java?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic424054.html


No, I have not, but certainly will. Thank you!!




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