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Microsoft fixes six critical security flaws. Update now!

Microsoft fixes six critical security flaws. Update now!
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Microsoft's Update Tuesday for January was yesterday and there are some patches you need to install. Overall, Microsoft released 9 patches to fix 22 security holes in its software, including Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Office and Silverlight.

Of the 9 patches, six are rated critical and need to be updated right away. These mainly address remote code executions that could allow a hacker to take over your computer.

If you're running Windows 10, or have automatic updates turned on in other versions of Windows, you should have them already or will soon. Otherwise, learn how to update Windows or turn on automatic updates for the future.

If you want to make sure the updates are installed, here they are. You can look for the date, title and KB number.

DateBulletin NumberKB NumberTitleBulletin Rating
1/12/2016MS16-0103124557Security Update in Microsoft Exchange Server to Address SpoofingImportant
1/12/2016MS16-0083124605Security Update for Windows Kernel to Address Elevation of PrivilegeImportant
1/12/2016MS16-0073124901Security Update for Microsoft Windows to Address Remote Code ExecutionImportant
1/12/2016MS16-0063126036Security Update for Silverlight to Address Remote Code ExecutionCritical
1/12/2016MS16-0053124584Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers to Address Remote Code ExecutionCritical
1/12/2016MS16-0043124585Security Update for Microsoft Office to Address Remote Code ExecutionCritical
1/12/2016MS16-0033125540Cumulative Security Update for JScript and VBScript to Address Remote Code ExecutionCritical
1/12/2016MS16-0023124904Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft EdgeCritical
1/12/2016MS16-0013124903Cumulative Security Update for Internet ExplorerCritical

Note that your computer might not have all of these. It depends on your operating system and what software you're running.

As a reminder, starting yesterday, Microsoft is no longer updating Windows 8 or Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10 (with the exception of IE 9 on Vista). If you're using Windows 8, you need to upgrade to 8.1 or 10. For Internet Explorer, upgrade to version 11 for Windows 7.

Microsoft wasn't the only one releasing updates. As you'd expect, Adobe released some updates, but surprisingly NOT for Flash (or Animate as it will soon be called). If you've been following Adobe's Flash headaches for the last year and typically multiple monthly updates to fix serious security problems, you know how rare this is.

Instead, Adobe's updates go to Acrobat and PDF Reader. If you're running either of these, click here to get the latest version. You should also see a pop-up notification in your taskbar telling you there's an update available.

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