JavaRa was created because the Java updater did not remove old and obsolete versions of the JRE, leaving security vulnerabilities in place. The latest versions of Java now completely uninstall outdated and insecure versions, with roughly the same effectiveness as JavaRa.
Now that Oracle has taken responsibility for this problem, JavaRa isn’t really needed anymore. We have decided to cease JavaRa development and will no longer be providing definition updates after December 18th 2014. Pro Club members will still receive support for JavaRa for at least a year.
JavaRa 2.6 adds preliminary support for the recently released Java Runtime Environment version 8. Several issues related to detecting JRE uninstallers, particularly on 64bit systems, have also been resolved.
- Now detects and removes JRE 8
- Fixed registry access issues on x32 systems
- Fixed an exception when running JavaRa on the commandline on x64 Windows
- Updated Brazilian Portuguese localization
You can grab the latest JavaRa update from the official download page. New JavaRa definitions will become available in the next few weeks.
Apologies for releasing an update less than two weeks after JavaRa 2.4 was announced, but there was a number of serious issues that couldn’t wait until the next scheduled release. A Windows security update released in December affected JavaRa’s ability to access the Windows registry, effectively breaking its ability to identify and remove versions of the Java Runtime Environment on some systems.
JavaRa 2.5 implements a more reliable method of accessing the registry, which has restored the Remove Java Runtime and Check JRE version functionality. Due to the time sensitive nature of this release, we have only tested it on Windows 7 x64 and Windows 8 x64. Users of other operating systems are encouraged to report issues in the JavaRa support forum.
Furthermore, a change to the Oracle download servers prevented JavaRa from being able to download the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment directly from their website. In JavaRa 2.5 the JRE installer will be acquired from SingularLabs’ servers instead. We will be enabling this slowly to ensure we don’t overload our servers.
The update is available from the usual download page. Sorry for the inconvenience.
JavaRa 2.4 is a minor release to correct several issues reported with the previous version. Additionally the JavaRa definitions have been updated to reflect the changes in Oracle’s Java Runtime Environment 18.104.22.168.
Fixed issue where the JavaRa definition file would become truncated
Updated internal URLs to reflect Oracle’s changes in the JRE download server
Fixed issue causing hidden controls to become visible
The updated definitions apply to both JavaRa 2.4 and JavaRa 1.16, both of which are available from the JavaRa download page.