Each time I get a Java security update, I have to remember to untick the box to install the yahoo toolbar browser plugin that they've decided, for some mad reason, is an important security feature of Java. Is there a way to get it to remember my choice, or to get the security updates without it? Or to educate Sun about what is and isn't a security update?
If you do not want the added software you only have two options.
- Continue to uncheck the box and keep your automatic updates.
- Use the offline installer at java.sun.com. The offline installer has not added software. If you are industrious or know someone excellent with batch files you could write a script to check their ftp servers, compare file names, download a new one if present and then do a silent install.
That's about it...
I'd write the batch file for you but I really don't know how. ;)
Here is help with silent installs - http://download.oracle.com/javase/1.4.2/docs/guide/plugin/developer_guide/silent.html
toolbar.yahoo.com at the router?
I had to come down to my father's house to unblock his email client after he hit the wrong option in a firewall requester after updating the email client.
When I checked the link in the email he was waiting for I noticed the Yahoo toolbar that Java had sneaked into an update.
After removing it using the add-on system in Firefox, I added
toolbar.yahoo.com to the blocked list in the router, I guess I'll find out if it worked next time they push an update.
I never install java... I just copy it and manually set it to my classpath and other variables as needed to start the application.
Of course I do not get auto updates... then again.. maybe I do not want auto updates ! This ensures that I remain in control of my deployed environment and as a bonus... My toolbars are free of yahoo junk !
then again... that does snot really answer the question though
The Yahoo! Toolbar is supposedly easy to uninstall : How do I uninstall Yahoo! Toolbar?.
Once uninstalled, I suggest changing Java automatic updates :
Control Panel -> Java -> Update tab -> Set Notify Me to "Before downloading", OK.
This will notify you when a update is available, and will let you manually update Java, thus getting the option of refusing the Yahoo! Toolbar.
It is a good idea to keep a visual control of what Java Update is doing. Since Sun was bought by Oracle, it is no longer trust-worthy, being much more marketing-oriented.
In general, one should keep all products up to date, not only Java. As most software products do not have automatic update, regularly running an update monitor such as SUMo is recommended.