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There are a lot of articles out about this right now, some more panicky than the next, so while this isn't a "mainstream" techy article, I'm linking this one because it has the most sensible, straightforward directions for only disabling Java Runtime without making you run around like a headless chicken and disable everything that starts with a J on your computer (and it's possible you may not even have Java Runtime installed to begin with):
And the specific instructions by OS:
If you're an Internet Explorer user, the process is a bit more complex. The blog Krebs on Security summarizes a procedure that "may or may not work." Alternatively, you could uninstall Java from your system, provided you don't need it for some particular application or website that's important to you.
(and my own note - if you still use Internet Explorer, just stop, it's the AOL of web browsers)
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