Avast 2016: Software Updater continues to report Java software as outdated

Issue

The Software Updater in Avast 2016 reports that Java 6 or Java 7 software is outdated and that your computer is vulnerable to risks.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. Since Oracle ended with support for Java 6 in February 2013, and Java 7 in February 2016, it is strongly recommended to install the latest version of Java instead.

When you install a newer version of Java, the installer does not remove the out of date Java 6 or Java 7 automatically. The Software Updater in Avast 2016 continues reporting the product as outdated until the out of date version is removed or updated to the last supported version.

It is strongly recommended to follow this procedure.

  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 and if it is removed their behavior may change.

This method is not recommended.

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 2016 to ignore Java 6 updates AT YOUR OWN RISK:

  1. Right-click the Avast orange ball icon in the system tray and select Open Avast user interface from the menu, ...or double-click the desktop icon of installed Avast antivirus software to open the Avast user interface.
  2. From the main menu, select Scan, and then click Scan for outdated software.
  3. In the details of Java Runtime Environment 6 (or 7) ... click Ignore updates, ...and Software Updater in Avast 2016 discontinues warnings that your computer is vulnerable to risks because of outdated Java 6 or Java 7 software.
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