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July 10, 2005, 12:03 am
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this MicroSoft utility from majorgeeks:
This is applicable to all versions of Windows including XP
but not XP SP1A, XP SP2 and Server 2003. They use
something different since the lawsuit against MS.
MS may have quit offering the util for d/l because some
third party applications depend on it. And, of course, some
(legit) web sites utilize it. It's sometimes necessary for
such things as online banking. MS has quite a bit of
info here, especially if you include the links to a FAQ,
MSJVM is something like the Sun Java which can be
optionally downloaded and installed for use on the
Gecko based browsers such as Mozilla, Firefox and
K-Meleon. Opera can use Sun Java as well, and I think
Netscape (another Gecko) includes it.
However, MSJVM is embedded in the OS. It provides
the Java capability for IE. Java should not be confused
Why remove it? I have to ask myself, "why not?"
To me, it's just another potential target for malware.
It's a good idea to remove or disable all unwanted or
unnecessary services and functions from the OS.
Of course, this is _not_ any kind of blanket
recommendation to newbies. As I've already hinted
at, some users may find they really want or "need"
this functionality. They may have some app that
requires it or they might want some web service
that requires it. I can't give anyone a list of such
apps or sites. And the WARNING is ... you don't get
MSJVM back without reinstalling Windows.
I've used the util on my Win 2K PC, and everything
seems ok. Windows Update still works, (no reason
to expect it wouldn't). I haven't used Sun Java
with my Gecko browsers in ages, and I've never
missed it. So now I'm completely free of Java
applets and my hard drive is ten pounds lighter :)
BTW, the util works by shrinking all the files down
to one byte and giving the files a later file date
so that Windows File Protection is fooled into
"thinking" that newer versions of the files were