The latest update to the Google Chrome web browser, version 42, now blocks Java, Silverlight and other plugins. However, not all is lost. As long as you remember to update Java, you can continue to utilize all of Google Chrome’s features.
As a security measure, Google has blocked NPAPI (Netscape Plugin API) plugins, including Java, to protect against “hangs, crashes, security incidents and code complexity.”
But if you are a Java-dependent Internet user or developer, it’s simple and easy to disable the Google Chrome block.
Our Quick Java Solution
Java, a programming language and computing platform, helps many websites and applications function. Java, a free download, is commonly used on all types of computers.
Even though it may appear that Java is uninstalled, remember to update java to return Google Chrome functionality to normal.
If you’d like to enable NPAPI in Chrome Version 42 and later, an additional configuration step is required to continue using Java or other NPAPI plugins.
- In your URL bar, enter: chrome://flags/#enable-npapi
- Click the enable link for the Enable NPAPI configuration option.
- Click the re-launch button that now appears at the bottom of the configuration page.
Although plugin vendors are working hard to move to alternate technologies, a small number of users still rely on plugins that haven’t completed the transition yet. We will provide an override for advanced users and enterprises to temporarily re-enable NPAPI while they wait for mission-critical plugins to make the transition,” Google informed web developers.
Remember to Update Java Now
Remember to update Java today because the bad news is that Google Chrome’s fix will expire in September 2015. At that time, all NPAPI support in Google Chrome will cease to exist. NPAPI plugins are no longer available in the Chrome Web Store.
Some things remain the same, though. The Flash plug-in and PDF viewer that is built into Google Chrome is not affected by this change since they do not use NPAPI.
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