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Java - No longer bundled with adware

The new Java installation process has gotten a much needed facelift. While installing on a computer today, it is in fact no longer bundled with the Ask toolbar junkware. This was highly annoying and installed unneeded toolbars in all the major browsers. It does nothing but slow down your browsing experience.

Thankfully, with the new update of Java 1.8, Update 40 they seemed to have gotten wise to this and listened to the feedback. Some companies such as ours, needs to use Java in the browser for an internal application. Being cautious of this issue, we never had this problem. However, with the 3 billion devices that Oracle claims has Java installed it is unlikely that all users were as aware.

Now if they could include an automatic uninstalled for those worthless toolbars, then we will be in the green again.

Image Credit » Screenshot taken by me.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on March 12, 2015, 5:47 PM

That is good to hear, I always hated updating java along with a few other things because of the stuff attached to them

cinnafire wrote on March 12, 2015, 8:18 PM

Just be careful not to click on any of the update warnings here... bad stuff there. Make sure you go directly to the website, in this case.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 12, 2015, 11:02 PM

I always do with anything that pops up if I want to check it out farther. The one here says I dont even have java lol I watch videos and see the ads just fine so I dont think thats a very good way to try to trick me.

allen0187 wrote on March 12, 2015, 11:41 PM

First time i have heard of this. We use Java a lot at the office and those tool bars can be quite the pain. Glad updates were made.

BarbRad wrote on March 13, 2015, 1:30 PM

I guess I had never noticed this. But I don't know if I install this or not.

cinnafire wrote on March 16, 2015, 10:24 PM

Me too. I work with Java alot and those toolbars were quite annoying. Let us hope it stays that way.

cinnafire wrote on March 16, 2015, 10:25 PM

Probably not unless there is something that depends on it. Flash is far more common, and even that is dying in the light of HTML5. But it is a good warning to watch for these types of things during any install.