Troubleshooting when Avast Antivirus continues to report Java software as outdated

The Software Updater in Avast Antivirus reports that Java 6 or Java 7 software is outdated and that your computer is vulnerable to risks. If you try to perform the update within Avast, you are directed to this page:

This issue is caused by obsolete Java 6 or Java 7 software. Oracle ended support for Java 6 in February 2013, and Java 7 in February 2016, therefore it is strongly recommended that you install the latest version of Java instead.

When you install a newer version of Java, the installer does not automatically remove the out of date Java 6 or Java 7 software files. This means that the Software Updater in Avast Antivirus continues reporting Java as outdated until the out of date files are either removed or updated to a supported version of Java.

Resolve Software Updater issues with outdated Java

  1. Uninstall the obsolete Java 6 or Java 7.

    For details, please visit the following page on the Oracle website:
  2. Install the latest version of Java.

    For details, please visit the following page on the Oracle website:
Please be aware that some programs may depend on Java 6 (or 7) to function. If Java 6 (or 7) is removed, then the behavior of these programs may change.

If you must continue to use the old Java 6 or Java 7, and you do not want alerts that an update is recommended, you can set the Software Updater in Avast Antivirus to ignore Java 6 (or 7) updates AT YOUR OWN RISK:

  1. Open the Avast user interface and go to PerformanceSoftware Updater.
  2. Click the down arrow on the Java Runtime Environment 6 (or 7) panel to expand it.
  3. Click Ignore updates.

Software Updater discontinues warnings that your computer is vulnerable to risks because of outdated Java 6 or Java 7 software.

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