Last updated 13 September 2016
Adobe Reader has recently been replaced by Adobe Acrobat Reader DC – it’s still a PDF reader but now tries to integrate with (and sell) services on Adobe’s website.
Download Acrobat Reader DC here
CrashPlan is currently at version 4.7 – you can Download CrashPlan here
Adobe Flash Player
You only need to update Flash yourself if you use Internet Explorer on Windows 7, or if you use Firefox. If you use Google Chrome on any PC, or Internet Explorer or Edge on Windows 8 or Windows 10, you don’t need to install Flash at all – it’s built into those browsers.
Flash Player is currently at version 23: you can download it here, and you can check which version you have here. When you download the Adobe Flash Player, there will be some junk software preselected by default – either a web browser toolbar or some kind of security scanner: deselect that – you don’t need it.
Firefox is currently at version 48: you can download it here
Skype is currently at version 7.26: you can download it Download Skype here
When you are installing Skype, click Options at the bottom left of the first screen and check there is no junk preselected. On the second page, untick the option for “Click to call” (see screenshots here)
Libre Office & Open Office
Libre Office is currently at version 5.21: you can download it here
Open Office is currently at version 4.12: you can download it here.
There are serious security problems with Java. Unless you know that you specifically need Java, uninstall it. You should go to Control Panel, then Add/Remove Programs, and remove every version of Java, Java 5, Java 6, Java 7, Java 8, Java FX, and Java VM.
You can download the current version of Java from here, and you can check which version you have here. While you are installing the Java updater, you’ll be prompted if you’d like to install the Ask toolbar – choose no – it’s junk and you don’t need it. You should always uninstall old versions of Java, and at the moment you should uninstall all copies of Java: even the latest version. If you can live without it, do! If you must have it installed, it is really really important that you keep it up to date.
You can check that you have the current version of Silverlight, and install it if not, here.