After having installed Java 6 Update 2, my Internet Explorer 6 would refuse to start without any indication whatsoever. I’m running Windows 2000 Server and – as I’m doing Java development – there are numerous older JDKs installed on my PC.
The problem appears to be caused by …Javajre1.6.0_02binssv.dll (SSVHelper Class plugin) included within Java 6 Update 2 up to and including build version 1.6.0_02-b05.
IE immediatley returns to normal operation by either uninstalling Java 6 Update 2 or disabling the SSVHelper Class plugin.
As I was unable to disable SSVHelper from within IE 6 (I believe it is an IE 7 feature) I reverted to ShellExView, an excellent Shell Extensions Manager that allows arbitrary Shell Extensions to be disabled in case they are causing problems – SSVHelper in my case.
The bug has been fixed and the downloads at http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/ have been updated to build version 1.6.0_02-b06 (as shown by java -version).
To recover your PC from this bug, either re-download and re-install the JRE or disable the SSVHelper Class.
- SSVHelper Java 6u2 crashing Internet Explorer (java.net Forums)
- Bug ID: 6578549 Java 6 RE Update 2 package crashes Internet Explorer 7 (Sun Bug Database)
- Bug ID: 6559438 SSVHelper Class crashes Java 6u2 b02 (Sun Bug Database)