Java is a programming language that is very popular because it creates applications that can be run on many many different devices. Part of what allows Java to do this is a Runtime Engine that is available for most operating systems. Unfortunately, installing this runtime engine means that you're adding a plug-in to your internet browser which allows web pages to ask Java to run small programs called applets, normally without asking your permission first, which is a very common way for malware creators to automatically run viruses on your computer these days (by taking advantages of holes in Java).
Thankfully Krebs On Security, has written an article with instructions on how to disable Java in most of the popular web browsers, while leaving it intact on your computer for programs that need it such as Minecraft. Unfortunately, the instructions they have given for Internet Explorer are overly complicated and involve going to the registry, which isn't somewhere you should be going unless you know exactly what you're doing. The good news is that for OVER 3 YEARS now, Microsoft has included a dialog in Internet Explorer that allows you to easily disable Java from running in Internet Explorer. This short article will show you how to disable Java from Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 (all the currently supported versions) in 5 easy steps.Add a comment