AVAST forum offline due to attack
is an unnecessary security risk
...especially using older versions which have vulnerabilities that malicious sites can use to exploit and infect your system
Although, Java is commonly used in business environments and many VPN providers still use it, the average user does not need to install Java software
I recommend just uninstalling Java if you don't use it...rather than uninstall iTunes.
* How to Completely Remove Java Using JavaRa
* How do I uninstall Java on my Windows machine?
* Information about the Java Uninstall Tool for Windows
I installed iTunes on my wife's computer which works fine with avast. Java was uninstalled a long time ago.
If you're going to use Java, many security researchers and computer security organizations caution users to limit their usage and to disable Java Plug-ins or add-ons in your browsers
Krebs On Security: ...Java
If you need Java for a specific Web site, consider adopting a two-browser approach. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, consider disabling the Java plugin in Firefox, and then using an alternative browser (Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc.) with Java enabled to browse only the site(s) that require(s) it.
US CERT: Disable Java in web browsers
To defend against this and future Java vulnerabilities, consider disabling Java in web browsers until adequate updates are available. As with any software, unnecessary features should be disabled or removed as appropriate for your environment.
* How to disable Java Plug-ins or add-ons in common web browsers
* How to turn off Java on your browser
Also make sure you are using the most current version
JRE 8 Update 05 was released 04/15/14.
JRE 7 Update 60 was released 06/02/14
As noted above, older unpatched versions of Java and other popular software like Adobe (Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave Player) Apple iTunes, Quick Time, VLC Media Player all are vulnerable
and require frequent updating with security patches
or you increase the risk of system infection