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What is Java Auto Updater and jucheck.exe?

This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000

Java Auto Updater and jucheck.exe
  • is related to the Java installed on your system.
  • checks for new versions of Java on the internet, and will notify you if a newer Java version is available.
  • does not install Java. It will present you with the option to install the latest Java version.
  • You should leave this process running in order to ensure getting the latest (secure) Java version.

When a new Java update is available, a tooltip balloon appears on your Windows desktop. To install the new update, click the notification dialog.

Java Update Available - new version of Java is available

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 - UAC prompt
Depending on your Windows settings, you may be presented with the Windows User Account Control (UAC) consent prompt to allow Java Auto Updater, or jucheck.exe, to perform the update check.

The consent prompt appears when the system attempts to perform a task that requires administrative access. Click Yes to allow the jucheck process to check whether a newer version is available for your system.

UAC dialog - User permission to make changes to this computer

Remove Java if not needed
The Java download is freely available. If you do not currently use Java, you can uninstall it and you will no longer be prompted for updates. The next time you encounter Java content on the web, you will be instructed to install it so you can view that content

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