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Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium and Pro on 2 different machines with Norton Security and using Identity Safe. My browser is Firefox 57.0.4 which does not allow Java. In some forums talking about deleting Java from Windows systems the solution seems to be "delete it unless programs you're using require it." Then states that Norton uses it. I can't find anything on the Norton site that says one way or the other if Norton DOES or DOES NOT use Java for the main program, or reminders, or anything. Wanting to know definitively so I can know whether to uninstall Java as nothing I run requires it anymore if Norton does not.

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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

Hello dncb777 The short answer is YES, javascript IS reguired to access your Norton account online. https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v57840248_NortonM_Retail_1_en_us

JAVA itself is NOT required to install, run and use Norton.

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Retired military (Navy 1980-2002) AO1 (AW) Aviation Warfare Specialist "From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1809 / build 17763.437 / NCSP 22.17.0.183 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 1.93
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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

Just to be clear, Java and JavaScript are completely unrelated.  Very few programs require Java these days and yes, you should uninstall it if it is not needed.  Norton does not require Java.

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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

Thanks much! I guess you gotta have Java to have Javascript for the browser to use in individual sites then. That link is speaking to older than current versions of FF. But there appear to be togglers in add-ons available to use.

Is having Java on your machine even a problem if using latest Norton updates anyway?

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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

Java and JavaScript are completely different and unrelated as mentioned already by SendOfJive.  You do not need Java installed to run JavaScript in your browser.

If Java isn't needed it is best removed as it is a well known security risk and an often exploited program.

A little bit of knowledge is... well a little bit of knowledge.
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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

You're most welcome.

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Retired military (Navy 1980-2002) AO1 (AW) Aviation Warfare Specialist "From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1809 / build 17763.437 / NCSP 22.17.0.183 / Norton Core v.282 on Android 1.93
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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

Oh. I misunderstood. So if I'm making progress in my thinking, a website that has Javascript coded into it must be given permission to run by a user whose browser has it blocked by default. And all that happens without having Java installed at all. And....... Javascript is not subject to the same potential vulnerabilities that Java is on the web? Are my neurons beginning to fire now?

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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

Java is a program that is often targeted to install malware.  If you don't have any programs that require Java to run (and chances are you do not) then it should be uninstalled.  JavaScript is a scripting language that most websites use to make their pages more than just text and pictures.  JavaScript, often hidden in ads, can also be used to redirect your browser to malicious websites where you might encounter, for example, exploits that target vulnerable software (like Java) to install malware.  Most browsers default to allowing JavaScript to run, as most websites now depend on it.  However it is still a good idea to prevent JavaScript from running globally, so that things like the malicious ads I mentioned cannot take advantage.  See the following for a good discussion:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/05/blocking-javascript-in-the-browser/

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Re: Does Norton Security for Windows 7 or Identity Safe require Java

OK. I understand now. Thanks for the link and thanks to all for your responses. This will serve as a great thread for others.

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