9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2013 11:50 AM by bth2600
Jim Meeuwsen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Recent recommendations to remove Java.  When I go to move Java to trash from Finder, I get a window stating"Finder wants to make changes. Type your password to allow this." Is this legit? Or is this some phishing through Java? I have Mac OSX version 10.7.5 on my MacBook Air.  htnks, Jim

  • 1. Re: Removing Java
    dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    That happens to lots of big programs you are removing from your Mac. It happens so you don't delete anything accidentally. You should be good.

  • 2. Re: Removing Java
    dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Looks like this right:

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    Then your good.

  • 3. Re: Removing Java
    ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)

    When editing important files, like installing new software, or uninstalling critical software, OS X has to make sure that it is a legit opperation.  Thus it asks for the user's admin password.  It is the equivilant of UAC on windows computers.   You should have no problems entering your password and deleting the files.

  • 4. Re: Removing Java
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,735 points)

    Jim Meeuwsen wrote:

     

    Recent recommendations to remove Java.

    By who? All the official recommendations I have found are just to disable it in all your browsers. Apple and Google have already taken care of that for you.

     

    It is very difficult to remove all of Java as it's scattered all over your hard drive, so it's rarely recommended to even try. If you must it would probably be easier to reinstall your OS.

  • 5. Re: Removing Java
    ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)

    I second this statement.   Java is very dificult to remove, and some parts of java are infact used by part of the OS itself.  You should NEVER have completely kill java.   If you want to roll back java, then there are steps for that as well.

  • 6. Re: Removing Java
    bth2600 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Your statement that "some parts of java are infact used by part of the OS itself." is inaccurate.  Remember java is an Optional install.

  • 7. Re: Removing Java
    ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)

    Last I checked, it comes OEM standard.

  • 8. Re: Removing Java
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,735 points)

    bth2600 wrote:

     

    Your statement that "some parts of java are infact used by part of the OS itself." is inaccurate.  Remember java is an Optional install.

    Java has been used by OS X in the past, but I suspect you are correct that Lion no longer needs it. Yes a complete install is optional with Lion and above, but it has been confirmed to me that a pure Lion install does contain some Java components, for whatever reason.  I can only speculate that some of them are there to prompt the user that something needs Java and where to go to install it. I have no idea what else is there.

  • 9. Re: Removing Java
    bth2600 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I do apologize as I should have been more clear, which is to say that starting with 10.7 java is an optional install.  My understanding is that although there are indeed a smattering of objects related to the installation of java on these newer operating systems,  they are not actually java executables in the traditional sense, so they pose little or no actual risk.  I found a reasonably informative web site that touches on some of these topics in more detail.  You can find it at: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/10/18/apple-gets-aggressive-latest-os-x-jav a-security-update-rips-out-browser-support/