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Get these important Windows and Adobe patches now

Get these important Windows and Adobe patches now
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If you're worried about hackers taking control of your computer, and you should be, this month's Update Tuesday from Microsoft and Adobe is very important. Both companies have new patches to fix dozens of serious security vulnerabilities.

First up, Microsoft has been issuing patches like crazy for Windows 10 ever since its new operating system came out a couple of weeks ago. Now, it's releasing a few more, along with patches for the new Edge browser, older versions of Windows, Internet Explorer and Office.

The Internet Explorer and Office patches are especially important because they could let a hacker take over your computer just by visiting a bad site or opening a malicious email. So, you want to install these updates now.

If you're running Windows 10, you don't have to do anything; it installs updates automatically. Of course, as we saw this weekend that's not always a good thing.

For other versions of Windows, check to see if the updates are installed. Click the key on your keyboard with the Windows icon on it. Type in: "Windows Update." Then, select "Windows Update" from the list.

If the screen says, "Windows is up to date," you're fine. If not, choose "Check for updates" and follow the on-screen instructions. To turn on automatic updating, follow these instructions.

Next, there's Adobe. We've been telling you for months about hackers having a field day with Adobe's Flash browser plug-in. Adobe has responded with a massive update that patches nearly three dozen security holes.

If you're using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge they'll update Flash for you automatically. If you're using a different browser, click here to install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

Note that Firefox disabled Flash until it was "secure." We'll have to see if it gets turned back on again after this update.

Of course, disabling Flash isn't a bad idea since it's now a major target for hackers. You might find that you don't even need it anymore. Here are the instructions if you want to give it a try.

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