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Microsoft issued eight security patches in its December security bulletin, fixing a total of 28 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office that allow remote attackers to launch malicious attacks on victims' PCs.
The security fixes are part of Microsoft's regular monthly patch release, issued on the second Tuesday of every month, known as Patch Tuesday.
Six of the updates, repairing a total of 23 errors, were deemed critical, which means that potential cyber attackers have the ability to execute malicious code remotely that could shut down or completely take control of a user's PC. Specifically, the critical patches plug holes in different versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, as well as Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word and Excel applications.
In IE check:
Tools ¦ Internet Options ¦ Programs (tab)
See if IE is your default browser. If not, simply uncheck the "Tell me if IE is not the default browser" and forget about it.
If you really want to download and install all the MS patches manually it's possible, but tedious. It's easier to use Windows Update.