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Get these critical Windows updates now

Get these critical Windows updates now
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Like clockwork, Microsoft has rolled out its Update Tuesday for November. This month sees a dozen patches that cover Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Skype and more. Four of them are listed as critical.

The critical patch for Internet Explorer (KB2104517) fixes over 24 flaws that could let a hacker run malicious code on your computer if you visit an infected site. There's also a patch for Microsoft Edge (KB3104519) on Windows 10 and a big update for Office (KB310450).

If you're running Windows 10, the patches should already be installed. For previous versions of Windows, learn how to check if you've received patches, and set them to install automatically so your computer stays safe.

Of course, it wouldn't be an Update Tuesday without an update from Adobe for its notorious Flash player. And it did in fact release its third Flash update since last month's Update Tuesday.

The patch fixes 17 flaws in Flash, and there's also an update for Adobe Air, although few people are still using it. If you're using Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or Edge, restart to update Flash. Otherwise, you'll want to visit Adobe's site to make sure you have the most recent version.

As always, consider disabling or uninstalling Flash to improve your computer's security. Learn the steps and how you can still view your favorite online content without Flash.

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