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Breaking News: Adobe Flash emergency security patches - update now!

Breaking News: Adobe Flash emergency security patches - update now!

We told you yesterday that Adobe was issuing a critical security fix for Adobe Flash Player sometime this week, but it wasn't ready yet. Now, it is.

Critical patches fix security holes that hackers can exploit to remotely run malware on your computer without you even knowing it. Adobe says they're aware of at least one vulnerability in the real world that hackers can exploit.

Note: If you're not sure if you have Adobe Flash Player, it's installed on 750 million computers and smartphones. So, you probably have it. If you have to use it, make sure you have the latest version.

If you don't need it, to be safe, you can uninstall Adobe Flash Player. To do that on Windows 10, for instance: Start >> Settings >> search for Uninstall >> click on Add or Remove Programs >> highlight Adobe Flash Player >> Uninstall.

For older versions of Windows: Start >> Control Panel >> (under Programs) Uninstall a program >> highlight Adobe Flash Player >> click Uninstall.

If you need to use Adobe Flash Player, update your version right now.

Here's how:

  • If you're using Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Windows or Mac, update to version 21.0.0.242 when prompted. Or click here to get the download.
  • If you have Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release you should update to version 18.0.0.352. Start here.
  • If you're using the Web browser Google Chrome, Adobe Flash Player will automatically be updated to version 21.0.0.242 for Windows and Mac.
  • If you're using the Web browsers Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, Adobe Flash Player will automatically be updated to Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.242.

To verify that you're using the current version of Adobe Flash Player, right click on a video running in Flash Player >> About Adobe Flash Player.

Note: Make sure you share this important Internet security information with your family and friends. We've made it easy. Just click on any of these social media buttons.

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