Is the latest Java 7 update 17 safe to enable now? I noticed after updating, it was still disabled, but no longer blocked in red by Firefox. My assumption is that it's safe, since not "in the red" currently. However, I'd like to be sure before I re-enable it. Thanks!
I rehooked Java Wednesday and updated Firefox. I've had nothing but problems since, continuous slowdowns and freezeups. I'm about ready to dump Java and return to an earlier Firefox. Why are we offered things that do not work properly? That's not kind to computer naifs like moi...
Have you checked and rechecked your computer for malware/viruses?
I highly recommend Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. If you don't know, it's atop the highest rated and trusted solutions to run alongside your antivirus, and has no incompatibility issues that I'm aware of.
Once downloaded, install it like you would any program. There's no need to use the 30-day trial version of it, as it uses the same hueristics engine, and will find any badware that may have found a way into your PC. I suggest first running a quick scan with it, then a full one.
If you have Windows Security Center disabled for some reason, it will find that and call it Bad, when it's actually not, likely because they know it should be enabled for your protection and notifications. Other than that, everything else is probably malware of a sort.
Another possibility is an incompatible add-on installed. You may want to disable them one at a time and restart Firefox to verify it's not one of them causing your issue.