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In FF 22, both "Java Platform SE 7 U25 10.25.2.17" and "SE 7 U5 10.5.1.255" are listed in the plug-ins, and the older "SE 7 U5" has a warning. Why 2 versions?

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In FF 22, both "Java Platform SE 7 U25 10.25.2.17" and "SE 7 U5 10.5.1.255" are listed in the plug-ins, and the older "SE 7 U5" has a warning. Why 2 versions?

The older version with the vulnerability warning is listed under the plug-in update tool along with the newest version. The warning directs me to the Java site for installing the latest version. Which I did, and made sure (both using the Windows XP sp3 "add or remove programs," and the java.com "uninstall older versions" tool). Yet. the older "vulnerable" version still remains in the plugins list. I even tried "disabling" the older version, but it simply disabled both versions. Is the newest version (7 U25), actually safe, even if I can get rid of the older version? The thing is, I don't know for sure if some of the sites that I need to visit have to use Java or not. Like banking. And if I have to completely uninstall Firefox, how do I retain all my settings, passwords, bookmarks, and so forth?

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Re: In FF 22, both "Java Platform SE 7 U25 10.25.2.17" and "SE 7 U5 10.5.1.255" are listed in the plug-ins, and the older "SE 7 U5" has a warning. Why 2 versions?

Try to delete the pluginreg.dat file in the Firefox Profile Folder and maybe addons.sqlite as well to reset the plugin registry databases.

See Re-initializing the plugins database:

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Re: In FF 22, both "Java Platform SE 7 U25 10.25.2.17" and "SE 7 U5 10.5.1.255" are listed in the plug-ins, and the older "SE 7 U5" has a warning. Why 2 versions?

Try to delete the pluginreg.dat file in the Firefox Profile Folder and maybe addons.sqlite as well to reset the plugin registry databases.

See Re-initializing the plugins database:

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Re: In FF 22, both "Java Platform SE 7 U25 10.25.2.17" and "SE 7 U5 10.5.1.255" are listed in the plug-ins, and the older "SE 7 U5" has a warning. Why 2 versions?

Wow,

cor-el to the rescue. You wouldn't be related to the renowned Kryptonian "Jor-el" would you (Superman's father)? Being as how your answer was super fast, and like a "hammer of steel," hit the evil nail right on the head.

Anyway, the link you supplied led to a quick and easy solution. The answer being in the "Manually uninstalling a plugin" section. Which allowed me to quick and easily find the offending ".dll" file, and put it behind bars where it belonged. Or, more precisely, place an "x" in front of the .dll name for the outdated java version, and now it no longer appears in the plug-in list. The new version is now correctly the only one reported.

Thank you ever so much. And may green Kryptonite never cross your path. ;~)