How to update Silverlight – or uninstall it completely!

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Yasin Soliman

How to update Silverlight - or uninstall it completely!
In an earlier article I outlined how running Silverlight can increase the opportunities for malicious hackers to compromise your computer.

There are several ways to protect yourself from these types of attacks, but one thing that’s essential – if you don’t want to completely eradicate Silverlight from your computer – is to keep it updated.

They may be the bane of your digital life, but software updates are crucial to staying safe online, whatever operating system is installed.

First, let’s take a look at how you can check whether you’re running the latest – and safest – version of Silverlight.

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Checking your Silverlight version

To check your installed version, visit Microsoft’s Silverlight website and wait a few seconds.

Silvelight check

Updating Silverlight

Updates to Microsoft Silverlight are provided automatically, alongside the standard Windows Update mechanism. Most consumers would probably benefit from following Microsoft’s recommendation that updates are installed automatically.

For more information on Windows Update, take a look at the Microsoft knowledge base article.

Removing Silverlight

For Windows users, the Silverlight removal procedure is very similar to that of Adobe Flash: open the Control Panel and select “Programs and Features” to view your list of applications.

Select each of the applications that begin with “Microsoft Silverlight” and click Uninstall.

Silverlight uninstall

If you’re on OS X, Microsoft offer step-by-step uninstall instructions here.

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Researcher at heart, Yasin Soliman lives and breathes information security. You can find him on Twitter at @SecurityYasin.

4 comments on “How to update Silverlight – or uninstall it completely!”

  1. Ray Lance

    You failed to mention Microsoft deprecated Silverlight as of 2012.

  2. Uday Patil

    Do I Really Need Silverlight ?
    why auto installing Silverlight…?

  3. Bill

    I have windows xp and I think I have all of the uninstalled and the new Silverlight will not install for some reason

  4. RajeshN

    Hey, Microsoft has announced they no longer providing support for the Silverlight. Silverlight's end of support will be Oct 2021. So, the businesses those who haven't decided to migrate Silverlight applications to the right technology platform should act fast!

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