Change the Frequency of Automatic Java Update Check or Disable it Permanently

My brand new laptop has Windows firewall as the default firewall. It does a good job in blocking unknown activities but recently I am facing issues with certain applications. Whenever a program tries to get updates from Internet, Windows firewall prevents it until I manually allow the update. When the process is blocked, firewall freeze my laptop until I click either allow or deny. It is not a problem because that is exactly what a firewall does and we can overcome this issue by settings exception rule for that application. Most of the regular application updates are set in Firewall exceptions rule but still some issues with Avast Update alert, Java alert etc. Certain applications are not working properly with the exception rules I have created and the most disturbing one is Java.

The real problem with automatic Java update is the freezing of my computer until I click Allow or disallow. Personally I don't want my laptop gets it in every time because most times the updates comes while I am connecting laptop to Internet using mobile broadband. This tutorial explains how to reduce the Java update frequency (or even completely disable automatic update though that is not recommended) on a computer.

Steps to Reduce Automatic Java Update Frequency

One way to prevent the frequent update notification is to reduce its attempts to check for latest releases or completely prevent it from looking for them. You can change the current behavior of the application by visiting the location below.

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin

In Bin folder you may search for an application named javacpl. It is an executable application which takes care of automatic checking for latest  releases. You should double click on the program to open Java control panel.

Disable Java Update Check Permanently

If you wish to disable this feature, uncheck the box check for updates automatically. On the contrary, if you are looking for a solution to enable disabled latest update check by Java installed on a PC, you must make sure the check box is enabled. To change the Automatic update frequency, you should click on Advanced button.

In  Automatic Updates Advanced Settings page you can set the frequency as Daily, Weekly or Monthly. You have the flexibility to set the time on which the program starts check for its latest version. So, here you have the option to schedule the time of update process without disturbing your other works. After setting the frequency you may click on OK button.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such a wonderful tip