Current software versions

Keeping your Windows operating system and software updated with all the most recent patches and updates is the first – and most critical – step in keeping your PC protected from malware.

Updated 2017-Jun-14

Software Next Patch Cycle
Windows, Office, Internet Explorer & Edge (supported versions) (see the Security Update Guide) July 11, 2017
Windows XP, Office 2003, Internet Explorer 6 & older versions NEVER

Software Current version
Java Runtime Environment 7 7 Update 97 [no longer supported by Oracle]
Java Runtime Environment 8 8 Update 131 (downloads) (release notes) [0-day status]
Adobe Flash for Google Chrome and Opera (PPAPI) (auto-updated; check your version with “chrome://flash/” in Chrome, or Menu > Developer > Plug-ins in Opera); check Flash
Adobe Flash for Internet Explorer 11 and Edge on Windows 8.1 and 10 (from Microsoft Update); check Flash
Adobe Flash for other versions of Windows/IE (ActiveX version) / older versions; check Flash
Adobe Flash for other browsers, including Firefox (NPAPI plugin version) / older versions; check Flash
Adobe Shockwave Player (now contains current Flash) / release history release notes / FileHippo’s version history / installer/checker
Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.50906.0 / release history / check installed version
Adobe Reader Reader XI 11.0.20; Acrobat Reader DC 2015.006.30306 (classic) and 2017.009.20044 (continuous) (release notes)
Firefox 53.0.3 (release notes: current / previous) (known vulnerabilities) (security advisories) announcements (updated inconsistently)
Google Chrome 59.0.3071.86 (release announcements)
Opera (WebKit/Chromium) Opera 45.0.2552.888 (announcement) (v45 change log) (release notes: current / previous / history) (release announcements)
Opera (classic) 12.18 (release notes: current (seems to be missing) / previous / history)
Vivaldi 1.9.818.50 (release announcement) (release notes) (release announcements)

The operating system, web browsers, Java and the ubiquitous Adobe software all must be kept up to date if you want to have a fighting chance to steer clear of malware on Windows systems.  Other operating systems are still not being targeted anywhere near as much as Windows, although that is gradually changing as Mac and Linux increase in general use.

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