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Update Now! Microsoft issues 13 security patches - six are absolutely critical

Update Now! Microsoft issues 13 security patches - six are absolutely critical
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It's time for another round. No, we aren't talking about drinks or Kim's hit game show "Brand New or Not True." It's time for another round of Microsoft updates.

Yesterday was the Update Tuesday for April and true to form, Microsoft released a number of fixes for its products. Specifically there were 13 security bulletins that fixed 29 unique flaws. Let's take a look at what they are and how you can get the updates.

Six of the updates are rated as "critical." One major update is KB3148531, which fixes a flaw in Internet Explorer that could let a hacker take over your computer if you visit a malicious Web page. There's also a major fix for Edge that could allow hackers to run malicious code on your computer found in patch KB3148532.

Microsoft also released a security update for Adobe Flash on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (KB3154132). This is part of the emergency patch Adobe released last week to close a major security hole and it brings Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge up to date with the latest version.

There's also critical updates for Microsoft Office and core Windows services. You will also get seven "Important" updates that close some major flaws, although most of them relate to businesses.

If you want to verify that the updates are installed, go to Control Panel>>System & Security and in the Windows Update section click "View installed updates." Look for the date April 12, and make sure the following updates are installed.

DateBulletin NumberKB NumberTitleBulletin Rating
4/12/2016MS16-0503154132Security Update for Adobe Flash PlayerCritical
4/12/2016MS16-0493148795Security Update for HTTP.sysImportant
4/12/2016MS16-0483148528Security Update for CSRSSImportant
4/12/2016MS16-0473148527Security Update for SAM and LSAD Remote ProtocolsImportant
4/12/2016MS16-0463148538Security Update for Secondary LogonImportant
4/12/2016MS16-0453143118Security Update for Windows Hyper-VImportant
4/12/2016MS16-0443146706Security Update for Windows OLEImportant
4/12/2016MS16-0423148775Security Update for Microsoft OfficeCritical
4/12/2016MS16-0413148789Security Update for .NET FrameworkImportant
4/12/2016MS16-0403148541Security Update for Microsoft XML Core ServicesCritical
4/12/2016MS16-0393148522Security Update for Microsoft Graphics ComponentCritical
4/12/2016MS16-0383148532Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft EdgeCritical
4/12/2016MS16-0373148531Cumulative Security Update for Internet ExplorerCritical

Just note that you might not have all of these updates, depending on your version of Windows and which features are installed.

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