System and Software IMP Update (updated now)


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Microsoft products (either bundled with Windows operating system or purchased separately)

  • Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Media player
  • Publisher
  • Project

Normally pre-loaded (when you purchase a computer)

  • Adab Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Java
  • Roxio Creator

Other applications (which you are manually loading from CD / DVD or via the Internet)

  • Printer drivers
  • Accounts software
  • Security software
  • iTunes

As in the case of the Microsoft Windows operating system, online criminals quickly find vulnerable areas in other software and keep it working for a lifetime. To counteract this, software developers publish regular updates, such as security updates or critical updates, which protect against malware and security functions. Other types of updates fix errors that increase the functionality of the software and are not related to security.

Risks about software updates 

Failure to keep your software up to date can lead to serious problems, affecting your computer and your own personal security. These include:

  • Viruses, spyware, and other malware.
  • Cyber-crime attacks.
  • Crashing, freezing, and generally poor performance.

In addition to fixing security issues, software updates include frequent improvements and new features.

Protecting your computer from viruses malware.

  1. You will usually receive a notification from the software maker as an alert on your screen, updates are available. You will be given a choice of whether to download and install the update sooner or later. We recommend that you download and install it as soon as possible.
  2. For some software updates, you may need to restart your computer to complete the installation process. Again, you will usually be given the option to do this sooner or later. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible.
  3. Downloading the latest software updates does not rule out the need to run the latest version of antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software.

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