I found an old copy of Adobe CS4 that I had tucked away. I decided to install on my 2014 MBP as I was interested in running Illustrator for some vector images I was wanting to use. It required that I install legacy Java SE 6 runtime. I did so, but looks like I'm still having issues so I decided to get rid of it. I've uninstalled Adobe, but I'm not sure how to get rid of the deprecated java version as I have no other use for it.

There do seem to be guides on uninstalling Java, but I don't want to do this as I still need the current version for other applications.

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If you want to remove Java 6... From How to properly uninstall Java 6 on OSX?, do the following:

Remove the "system" JVM installed and maintained by Software Update

% sudo rm -rf /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk

Remove any Java Developer Previews

% sudo rm -rf /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0*.jdk

Do NOT remove any content in the JavaVM.framework. Those items are required by Java 7, 8, 9+ as well as Java SE 6. No modern version of OS X has a Java JDK inside there anyway.

  • Don't forget this directory: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/ and this is a good place to look to re-enable Java 6 support.apple.com/en-us/HT202643
    – geoO
    Jun 16, 2016 at 3:33

I didn't find this path in macOS 10.12. Instead I found this path:

%sudo rm -rf /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0*.jdk

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