There's only one site I regularly visit that needs Java (whoops, forgot, there's also a couple of Cdn. government sites), so I do keep it installed and updated. The "older version" no longer exists as a problem, since Sun smartened up and changed to using the same folder for each update rather than keeping a number of versions in "parallel" folders as in the past. There's some other sites requiring Java that are more likely to be visited regularly by members here -- the Secunia online version, for instance, if that hasn't been changed, and at one time even Trend Housecall was toying with it. I agree with the previous poster that its "check for updates" is next to (or even totally) useless ... that's invariably the last place to look for updates, which you can usually find news of (and links to) weeks or even months earlier elsewhere.