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Windows Users: Disable Flash And Wait For a Patch

If you're a Windows 10 user who relies on Microsoft Edge as your primary browser, this security warning doesn't apply to you. But for anyone who is not using Edge exclusively -- heads up. Disable Flash because is a major attack vector for a security flaw in Windows.

The exploit is a combination of the win32K system and Adobe's Flash, and hackers are already actively using it.

Microsoft will have a full patch ready on November 8, 2016. In the meantime, you can disable Flash in Internet Explorer by doing this:

1. Time to manage the add-ons. Do this by clicking the gear icon in the upper right-hand menu and selecting “Manage add-ons.”

2. Select “Shockwave Flash Object.” .

3. Hit disable.

In Firefox, follow these directions:

1. Type “about:addons” in the URL bar.

2. Select the plug-ins icon in the resulting menu.

3. Find Shockwave Flash and switch to "Never Activate."

In Chrome, follow these directions:

1. Type “chrome://plugins” in the URL bar.

2. Select the Adobe Flash Player plug-in.

3. Click disable

As to why Edge users are safe? Because EVP Terry Meyerson says so.

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