At the command prompt, type “java -version” (again, no quotes).
Keep in mind that updating via the control panel will auto-select the installation of the Ask Toolbar, so de-select that if you don’t want the added crapware.
Otherwise, seriously consider removing Java altogether. I’ve long urged end users to junk Java unless they have a specific use for it (this advice does not scale for businesses, which often have legacy and custom applications that rely on Java).
This widely installed and powerful program is riddled with security holes, and is a top target of malware writers and miscreants.
Oracle has pushed a critical patch update for its Java SE platform that fixes at least 37 security vulnerabilities in the widely-installed program.
Several of these flaws are so severe that they are likely to be exploited by malware or attackers in the days or weeks ahead.