Avast Antivirus: Troubleshooting when Software Updater continues to report Java software as outdated

How to resolve an issue when Software Updater reports outdated Java

The Software Updater in Avast Antivirus reports that Java 6 or Java 7 software is outdated and that your computer is vulnerable to risks.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. 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When you install a newer version of Java, the installer does not remove the out of date Java 6 or Java 7 automatically. The Software Updater in Avast Antivirus continues reporting the product as outdated until the out of date version is removed or updated to the last supported version.

Resolve an issue when Software Updater reports outdated Java

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 Antivirus to ignore Java 6 updates AT YOUR OWN RISK:

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

Software Updater in Avast Antivirus discontinues warnings that your computer is vulnerable to risks because of outdated Java 6 or Java 7 software.

  • Avast Premier 17.x
  • Avast Internet Security 17.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 17.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 17.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 2, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition - Service Pack 3, 32-bit

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