Tuesday 28 May 2013

Prevent Java updates from installing sponsor apps and toolbars like Ask and McAfee

Updated for new sponsors: See option 3,4 & 5 for newer versions of Java that bundle Amazon assist.

If you are like me and sick of uninstalling foist-ware like IAC Ask toolbar or McAfee Antivirus scanner, then here's a little trick to prevent future Java updates re-installing that pesky sponsored/bundled software.

Previously the only option was install the offline edition of the Java installer.

Note: These registry settings also block other foist-ware, such as Google Toolbar / Chrome etc.

Option 1

Open Notepad and paste in the following text. Then save the file with a .reg extension. Exit Notepad and then double click the .reg file you just created. When prompted by the Registry Editor to Continue. Click "Yes".

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Option 2

Press the [Windows Key] + R or select the start menu type and select the "run" shortcut. Then copy/paste the below lines into the "Run" window and select OK. Repeat the process for both lines.

reg ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft /v SPONSORS /t REG_SZ /d DISABLE /f

Option 3

Edit the "C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\java.settings.cfg" file and add the line below.

Option 4

If a previous version is installed, Use the Configure Java GUI.

Option 5

Execute ssvagent.exe (with local admin rights) with the -disablesponsorofferings switch.
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\<version>\bin\ssvagent.exe" -disablesponsorofferings

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