Microsoft's monthly patch day will be next Tuesday, December 12, and this month's batch appears smaller than the last few. The company will issue five security bulletins for Microsoft Windows, and one for Visual Studio.

With the Windows updates, at least one will be Critical, and some of them will require a restart. The Visual Studio fix is also considered to be Critical, the highest level of concern.

In addition to the patches, Microsoft (Quote) will offer an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool designed to remove the most prevalent forms of malware (define) such as Blaster and Sasser.

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