Disable Java Auto Updater on Windows 7 stop pop-up [SOLVED]

Question from FrankT:

 I have a nice Windows 7 computer that runs great EXCEPT it has a super annoying “Java Auto Updater” popup that occurs every day! I go into the Java Control Panel and uncheck the auto updates box but it always ends up being checked again next time I check :-( I am wondering if I have some sort of java auto updater virus??? I am about to go crazy with this, so if I don’t have a virus then can you PLEASE tell me how to disable the Java Auto Updater? -FrankT

Answer. Hi Frank, thank you for your good question! I too have experienced the Java Auto Updater popup and it is quite annoying, especially if you are in the middle of work or watching a movie etc.

There are a number of ways to solve the issue, but here is a nice clean solution that doesn’t even involve registry editing:

How to disable the java auto updater

#1 Navigate to:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin
[if you are on 64 bit Windows 7]
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin
[if you are on 32 bit Windows 7]
#2 Right click on javacpl.exe (or just javacpl if you don’t have file extensions showing)
#3 Choose the “Run as Administrator” option on the popup menu*
#4 Choose “Yes” when the Windows User Account Control dialog pops up
#5 Navigate to the “Update” tab
#6 Unchceck the “Check for Updates Automatically” box
#7 Confirm that you want to “Never Check”
#8 Click “Apply” then click “OK”

*The reason your preference was not being saved previously (when you unchecked the box) was that the Java Control Panel was not being run with appropriate permissions. Therefore its settings were not being saved. We addressed this issue in Step 3, so this time your selection will actually be saved!

I hope this helps you Frank, please let me know if there is anything else I can help with! PS if this tip was helpful, please rate it 1-5 stars in the comments section, thanks :-)

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  • FrankT

    Worked like a charm! Thank you. 5/5 stars. Keep it real dude.

  • Joe

    Thank you. I hate things that blink, and this Java Check Engine light has been flashing every day. It was like driving in heavy traffic at night and the driver in front of me has his turn signal on, mile after mile. I flash my brights, give a few clicks on the emergency flashers, hit left then right then left turn signal, and finally make unseen and ridiculous gesticulations. The signal keeps on blinking. Finally the driver in front of me has divine inspiration or experiences a brief episode of Tourette’s Syndrome, or his wife yells across. The flasher goes off. And life is improved.
    Thanks for the improvement.

  • matheu

    thanks so much! That updater was driving me up the wall. The fix you proposed worked like a charm!

  • Lauren

    Amazing! This had been driving me absolutely crazy. Thanks

  • Michael

    Finally, Thank you!

    • Hi Michael,
      Thank you for your comment. I am very glad this post helped disable the annoying Java Auto Updated popup :-)

      Enjoy your pop-up free computer Michael!

      Best regards,

  • Thanks – I’ve now got new hope. We’ve got a big monitor in our entrance hall where we show presentations to our guests – it was quite embarassing the presentation always going small when the java thing popped up. Maybe it gets better now.

  • s c bushnell

    i am computer stupid. so i can’t follow thedirections to get rid of java. and what burns me up is my e mail is javaseal because i was ch eng on the vessel javaseal. right now java is on my screen and i am going to have to shut off my computer to get rid of it. it stsarted coming on my screen the day before yesterday and is not in my program list either where i thought i might delete it. i am 88 yrs old on SS so i can’t afford to pay to have an expert get rid of it. a sad day when my privacy is invaded and it is not illegal. i can’t enjoy my computer or even use it now.

    • Hi S C Bushnell,
      Thank you for your comment. I apologize for the delay in my response.

      I hope in the time since you left your comment that you have been able to get the JAVA issue fixed :-) as it can definitely be annoying :-(

      Best regards,

  • Tommy

    Thanks. That damn update pop up was making me mad.
    Don’t thos Java-guys themself notice how annoying this is?

  • sayumi

    thanks alot!!!! I had that problem and thought it was a virus, and everytime I shut down my computer, it always loads since it always update that java.

  • AHawk

    Thanks for the info, the hair I’ve been pulling out just might grow back now

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