Windows XP users: Have you updated Flash?

Filed Under: Adobe, Adobe Flash, Malware, Microsoft, Vulnerability

Adobe Flash
Microsoft has published a security advisory, warning users of Windows XP that they must update their installations of Flash.

Windows XP came with version 6 of the Adobe Flash Player, and it has been discovered that that version contains a number of vulnerabilities that could be exploited if you visited a boobytrapped webpage.

The end result? Malicious code could run on your computer, opening a backdoor for hackers to gain access, potentially stealing your identity or turning your computer into part of a spam-spewing botnet.

And you wouldn't want that would you?

So, double-check that your version of Adobe Flash is current. Visit this page on Adobe's website to run the test (it only takes a few seconds), and you'll quickly know if you're up-to-date or not.

If not, update Adobe Flash immediately from

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