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Keep your software up to date

I fix alot of systems these days that have issues due mainly to one thing... Out of date software!

So many issues can be caused by it, compatibility issues, slow response times, errors, glitches, but most common is viruses and spyware!

Running an out of date copy of Adobe reader now, can result in your system being infected by a virus or piece of spyware without you ever installing anything. The evil software will force its way into your computer through security vulnerabilities, and before you know it you will be getting pop up ads, random music and sounds on your computer.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to update all of your software with one touch. I can only hope that Microsoft and Apple start working with third party vendors to incorporate updates for their products into their update programs.

For now, please go through and make sure there common pieces of software are up to date on your computer:

  • Adobe Reader should be at least version 9.1
  • Adobe Flash player should at least version 10
  • Java, heck just update it there is an update for it every other week it seems.
  • Firefox version 3.5
  • Internet explorer, at least update to version 7, perferably 8 for the best security.
  • Finally go to Windows update and install all the updates you have available.

Just updating that short list of software is likely to save you a call to the PC repair guy to remove spyware and viruses from your system. At best save you the trouble of having to clean an infection yourself.

Last Updated: 07/13/2009 02:36 AM

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