Java Patch January 2013 – Important

Posted on 01/24/13 in Support, No Comments

Java is a program that helps websites run on your computer. There has been a critical patch update that has been released and needs to be installed on all computers.


Follow the 3 steps below to first install new version, then remove old version(s), then reboot.

Note: If need, download Java from here:

STEP 1: Install the New Update

  1. When you see the notification on your system, click on the notification dialog to start the installation process.



Note: If you are on Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems, then you will see User Account Control (UAC) consent prompt.

The consent prompt is seen when a user attempts to perform a task that requires a user administrative access.








Click Continue or Yes to install new Java update.

  1. The Update Available dialog appears. To start the installation, click Install.
  2. If you are prompted to install the ASK Toolbar, it is recommended to UNCHECK the install box.

When the installation is complete, a dialog box appears. Click Finish to complete the installation.


Other notes:

  1. If you don’t see the JAVA update box, look in the Windows System Tray (bottom right corner by clock) to see the orange square with the coffee cup in it.

STEP 2: How do I uninstall Java on my Windows computer ?

Older versions of Java may appear in the program list as J2SE, Java 2, Java SE or Java Runtime Environment.

Remove older versions of Java in the same way as you would remove any other software from your Windows computer.

Windows XP – Uninstall Programs
  1. Click Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Click the Add/Remove Programs control panel icon
  4. The Add/Remove control panel displays a list of software on your system, including any Java software products that are on your computer. Select any that you want to uninstall by clicking on it, and then click the Remove button. KEEP CURRENT “Java 7 Update 7” only.

Windows 7 and Vista – Uninstall Programs
  1. Click Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select Programs
  4. Click Programs and Features
  5. Select the program you want to uninstall by clicking on it, and then click the Uninstall button.

You may need administrator privileges to remove programs.


STEP 3: Reboot your computer, Finished!


Why should I uninstall older versions of Java from my system?

The latest version of Java is always the recommended version as it contains feature updates, vulnerability fixes and performance improvements to previous versions. You can confirm that you have the latest version by visiting the Java Verification page.
Over time, you may have installed multiple versions of Java to run available Java content. In the past, each Java update was installed in a separate directory on your system. However, Java updates are now installed in a single directory.

Should I uninstall older versions of Java?

We highly recommend users uninstall all older versions of Java from your system.
Keeping old and unsupported versions of Java on your system presents a serious security risk.
Uninstalling older versions of Java from your system ensures that Java applications will run with the most up-to-date security and performance improvements on your system.

How can I remove older versions of Java?

You can safely uninstall older versions of Java from your system by following the instructions onJava uninstallation instructions for Windows page.

Do I need older versions of Java?

The latest available version is compatible with the older versions. However, some Java applications (or applets) can indicate that they are dependent on a particular version, and may not run if you do not have that version installed. If an application or web page you access requires an older version of Java, you should report this to the provider/developer and request that they update the application to be compatible with all Java versions.