There’s no doubt that Mac computers are powerful systems. Your Mac computer is loaded with many applications and programs, that while useful, may not be useful to you, in particular. One example of this is Java. Many Mac users may have no use whatsoever for a Java on their system. If you’re one of these users, you may want to remove Java from your Mac.

Unfortunately, however, the process to remove Java off your Mac computer is a bit complicated. There’s no specific uninstaller application or tool that you can use to uninstall Java from your system. The process isn’t as simple as uninstalling any other Mac application. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. You can use the command line or Mac OS X Finder in order to remove Java from your system.

Before you begin learning how to remove Java off your Mac computer, there’s something you should keep in mind. Once you remove Java you’ll lose the ability to run any and all Java applications or Java dependent applications, whether they are individual, standalone or from the web. If you use a web application or any other application that uses Java, and then it’s best not to remove Java from your Mac computer. You may want to disable Java instead of removing it. However, if you’re sure you would like to remove Java, then follow the instructions below.

Use Finder to Remove Java from Your Mac

Please note that this process is a bit tedious. You’ll have to delete many different Java related plug-ins and files found throughout your system. You’ll have to remove these files from the system /Library folder and in the users ~/Library folder. Please ensure that before you carry out this process, you back up the files and information on your Mac. You can back up your Mac using Time Machine. This is just a safety measure in case something goes wrong or if you accidentally delete the wrong file. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Once you’ve backed up your Mac and are ready to delete Java from your system, follow the instructions below.

1. Quit any active web browser or application that uses Java.

2. Launch Finder.

3. Using the menu bar on the top left, click on Go.

Go To Folder

4. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Go To Folder.

5. Please enter the following path:

/Library/Internet Plug-ins/

JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

6. Once you locate JavaAppletPlugin.plugin, delete it. Please note that in order to move this file to the Trash, you will have to enter an administrator password. Please enter the password, accordingly.

7. Using the menu bar on the top left, click on Go.

8. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Go To Folder.

9. Please enter the following path:

/Library/PreferencePanes/

10. Once you locate JavaControlPanel.prefPane, delete it. Please note that in order to move this file to the Trash, you will have to enter an administrator password. Please enter the password, accordingly.

11. Using the menu bar on the top left, click on Go.

12. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Go To Folder.

13. Please enter the following path:

~/Library/Application Support/Java/

14. Once you locate Java, delete this folder.

15. Launch Trash.

16. Click on Empty Trash in order to permanently delete Java off of your Mac.

This method to remove Java is much safer and secure, when compared with the command line, and that is why this was the approach outlined in this tutorial. Though, the process seems tedious, it’s not as complicated as using the command line, and only takes a few moments of your time.