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I update Java all the time, and it installs all these plug-ins for Firefox and IE, but I'm wondering which of them are actually necessary?

In my Firefox there's "Java (TM) Platform," and there's also "Java Deployment Toolkit." I have the Platform one enabled, and disabled the Toolkit one. What do they do? I don't even know.

In IE there's a ton of "Java Plug-in" entries that look identical, and "Java Plug-in SSV Helper." What do those do?

I ask all this because I want to disable as much plug-ins as possible in order to run the browsers better on really weak old computers.
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It's a disease. Kill it with fire!
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It's a disease. Kill it with fire!

agreed, cant stand Java or Java Script
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I just uninstalled it. That was easy! All this time I thought it was important for something lol.
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LOL poroboszcz... I see your computer's name is "buka" lol. How did you come up with that name? I came up with mine pretty randomly... I wanted to come up with a name for an earthworm lol.
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Java is a programming language built to be able to be run on many different platforms via a virtual machine also known as a JVM (Java Virtual Machine). Java is only required if you are visiting sites that are programmed using it, most are not because it tends to slow things down. You should at most only need 1 or 2 plugins in order to run Java-enabled sites.

As far as killing Java with fire, I disagree. It's very useful in many applications and it run in most embedded solutions (your cable box for example).
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doh.gif You never ran a Java applet before?

It's a programming language that can also make programs run on your browser(java applet) such as chat rooms( but I'm guessing they are non existent now since everyone has facebook and all that social media crap)
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