Updating Adobe & Java

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I really enjoy this column, but the advice to the woman regarding updating Flash Player needed to emphasize that she needs to go to the Adobe site. Recently I clicked on the helpful prompt to update Flash Player and I ended up with a series of malware downloads that I am still fighting. That may be what happened to her. I’m not usually that stupid (though I’ve done dumber things) but the fake upgrade notice seems to be very popular right now.

By the way, it does me no good to suggest I leave comments on your site because I don’t belong to WordPress. I’m a little cranky about being told I have to join something like Facebook or WordPress or Google in order to leave a response. I guess that’s just me.

Anyway, congratulations on your long marriage and I do love your newsletter.


Dear Dianne,

You are correct when you say that you have to make sure you are on the right site when you upgrade things.

Only do Windows updates from the Windows update tool in your start menu.

Update your Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player and Shockwave Player from the Adobe website at adobe.com

Update Java from the Oracle website at oracle.com

Download or update the Chrome web browser from Google’s website at: google.com/chrome

The reason that you have to create an account with WordPress in order to leave a comment on my site, is to keep down the spam comments. Even with the account requirement in place, I currently have to delete about 200 spam comments every week. Without the requirement, that number is 10 times higher.



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Elizabeth Boston is a Web designer, Social Media Consultant and managing editor of, “Ask The Computer Lady”.
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