Corrine Administrator, Microsoft MVP, Security Analyst Staff member Joined Feb 22, 2012 Posts 9,996 Location Upstate, NY Jul 15, 2014 #1 Oracle released critical security updates for Java that contains 20 fixes for Java, the most severe having a rating of 10.0. There has been a lot of recent controversy regarding Java updates for Windows XP. While Windows XP has reached end of life, Java 7 will continue to be updated until April, 2015. Thus, organizations and individuals who continue using Windows XP and have Java installed can also continue getting updates for Java 7. It is noted, however, that if an issue arises that is specific to Windows XP, Oracle is not required to and also may not be able to create a patch. For additional information, refer to the Oracle blog post, The future of Java on Windows XP (Henrik on Java). Although most people do not need Java, if Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible due to the threat posed by a successful attack. Download link: Java SE 7u65 Note: UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional. Verify your version: Verify Java Version If you must keep Java installed, see my blog post at Oracle Java Critical Security Update for Java Security Recommendations.