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Updating software help

You can find answers to common questions about updating and removing software on this page.

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You have a much smaller risk of infection if all of the software on your PC is updated.

This is because updates can fix holes or vulnerabilities in software.

If the vulnerabilities aren’t fixed, they might allow malware to use an exploit to get onto your PC. Microsoft security software can help protect you against these threats, but updating your software is still very important.

Java automatically tells you when new updates are available.

If you want to manually download updates and new versions, you should only get them from the official Java website.

You should also remove older versions of Java.

Downloading from other sites and using old versions of Java can leave your PC open to infection.

Java SE 6 is only be updated if you are an enterprise customer. If you are running Java SE 6, this might leave you vulnerable to threats. We recommend you either upgrade your Java version to 7 or higher and remove Java 6, or completely remove Java from your PC.

Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat automatically tell you when new updates are available.

If you want to manually download updates and new versions, you should only get them from the official Adobe Acrobat website.

Downloading from other sites can leave your PC open to infection.

Adobe Flash Player automatically tells you when new updates are available.

If you want to manually download updates and new versions, you should only get them from the official Adobe Flash Player website.

Downloading from other sites can leave your PC open to infection.

You can remove programs and apps in Windows through the Programs and Features area in the Control Panel: