Maybe you noticed your computer slowed down a bit last week, or that it didn't respond to your clicks as quickly as usual. Or, the familiar updates shield appeared on your Shut Down button.
Although Time Warner (RoadRunner) and Facebook, among other services, experienced some service issues and outages at times, the real culprit was probably automatic updates to your computer.
Microsoft released a round of patches for all supported operating systems, and some require a restart of your computer to finish. You may notice they're still installing when the computer starts up again; this is normal. Let them finish and you'll be on your way a lot faster than if you try to jump in too soon.
Also this month, updates for Adobe Flash, AIR, Adobe Reader, Mozilla Firefox and Java have been released. Some may prompt you to update, some may come in automatically. If you have the Ninite installer on your computer, run it now to install most of the updates with the least amount of work.
Ninite can't update Flash, so you'll need to do that yourself. You may see a prompt to install Flash, or you can go to the Adobe web site to update it. Be sure to do it with both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, as they use different versions.
While you're cleaning and updating, check your backup to be sure it's working properly and the files you want to save are actually backing up. Don't know how? Ask!
Cathy Contant firstname.lastname@example.org 315-573-4905