Java is technology used to create interactive or animated web content, such as games or advanced financial applications. Java programs are downloaded automatically to your computer when you use them, and don’t usually require special installation. To run Java programs in Internet Explorer, special Java software needs to be installed and enabled. When the Java virtual machine is installed in Internet Explorer, Java is enabled by default and configured with safety settings at their highest. If you do not have Java installed, visit the Java.com website to download the free Java software.