I am a newbie in cybersecurity and this past Friday it was announced online that Java seems to contain some vulnerability that could be exploited for cyberinvasion. I tried to follow the instruction on pcmag (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414191,00.asp
but found that my Java control panel looks "different" from what was described. I am a little freaked out and so coming here for help.
My laptop specs:
Win 7(version 6.1) 64-bit OS
When I clicked into the Java control panel (ps. mine says Java (32-bit), don't know if this matters), I found the same panel as what pcmag described.
However, when I clicked into the security tab, instead of having a page where it displays "enable Java content in the browser" with security level bar (see pcmag article), in my security tab, I only got the following on my tab:
Use certificates to positively identify yourself, certifications, authorities, and publishers.
And a click button "certicates".
I usually log in my computer using non-admin, so I thought this might be why the Java panel looks different. But even after I log in using admin, I saw exactly the same under admin Java secruity tab.
1. why do I get a different "security tab"?
2. is my laptop ALREADY infected?
if yes, what should I do? (I have MS security essentials installed, and updated daily. Scanning with the security essentials found no threats)
if no, is there a way I could "restore" my Java to the "original" page and "disable" it?
Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.