That's no fake. It's real - we will update Java at the end of the removal process
3) I have had what I now realize may be a part of a previous virus issue maybe? The Java update alert flashes probably every time I am on my laptop. I usually ignore it but it only now crosses my mind that this is unusual. I have taken a screen shot and attached the file (Java update alert)
We have to reset Chrome. How to do this please look here.
Avast Removal Tool
Please follow the instructions here. If you don't know how to start in SafeMode, please follow the instructions here.