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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v14: Why antivirus software matters

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report v14: Why antivirus software matters

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The latest volume of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) highlights the importance of using antivirus software.

Antivirus software helps protect your computer from malicious software (malware) and can be downloaded or installed inexpensively or at no charge. Still, according to the SIR v14 findings, 24 percent of computers worldwide were not running up-to-date antivirus software, leaving them 5.5 times more likely to be infected with viruses.

Possible reasons why your computer may not be protected:

This new edition of the SIR compares infections on protected and unprotected computers, offering evidence as to how many people are not using up-to-date antivirus software and are thus facing increased risk.

If you don’t have antivirus software, Microsoft recommends that you download it now from Microsoft or from another trusted vendor. If you already have Windows 8, antivirus software is included with the operating system. You are not required to do anything to set it up. If you are using older versions of Windows, Microsoft provides a free antivirus software called Microsoft Security Essentials, which can be downloaded from our website. Many of our partners also offer antivirus software.

Data used in the SIR analysis includes (but is not limited to):

  • Threat intelligence from more than 1 billion systems in more than 100 countries and regions.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials—operating globally in more than 30 languages.
  • Malicious Software Removal Tool—downloaded and executed more than 1 billion times in the second half of 2012.
  • Billions of pages scanned by Bing each day.

Learn more about the SIR findings related to antivirus protection.

Take action to help protect your computer and reduce the risk of becoming a victim to cybercrime:

Comments
  • Looking for free anti virus website?

  • Are there answere posted somewhere that address or answer some of these good questions, above?

  • Not to diss Anti Virus and security suites. But it has been my experience that these applications do not stop malware they simply detect it after it gets on your PC. I am not focusing on Security Essentials because I myself use it. I do however find that even the paid versions of security suite apps are not a lot better at preventing malware. In my 20 plus years using PC's. A smart user is far more important then any security suite. I have read plenty of security PC experts who admit to not using any security on their own PC's. But they also do not get malware and they do use a online security scanner frequently. They just do not install security on their PC. Food for thought.

  • How to  speed up my pc plz help me...

  • I was considering renewing my 2011 Bitdefender antivirus package in April 2013 but didn't bother. The next thing I knew was that Bitdefender had renewed my subscription and deducted £87 from my bank account without my permission. Be very careful with antivirus products; they will be automatically renewed without your knowledge and they will deduct the money form your account.

  • i have but idont know how to replace or reallocate it

  • I Have mse installed yet the flag icon is red !

  • I understand about   Microsoft concerns with controlling the market I want the easy to use campattable I use Microsoft products Please make a antivirus solfware we can buy from you!

  • Where are the answers?

  • I have Chrome Book . . . don't need MS Security,

  • I have had a problem with Windows 7 Action Center saying my Norton is off when it's actually on. There seems to be no fix for this that has worked. It's really aggravating.

  • Hey MarkL ...MS have already been there and done that. It was called Microsoft Windows Live OneCare and cost $99.00 each year. MS arbitrarily dumped OneCare a few years ago, at which point, I researched many free software suppliers of similar capabilities. I selected Avast [ www.avast.com/.../index ] as best suiting my needs, and since downloading that to Windows Vista OS first, and now to Windows Seven OS, I can honestly report that I have had NO PROBLEMS from any invasive security threat source. There is a need to register each year, but Avast notify users of that requirement with plenty of time to spare. Avast also have paid subscription security software with added security measures, but I have found that these are excessive to my requirements, and so I just stick with the FREE version. Updates are regular, and done automatically, and also any Version changes. I AM NOT and HAVE NEVER BEEN an employee or representative of Avast ... these comments are made freely, as Avast software is too.

  • We have found Microsoft Security Essentials to be very effective - we use automatic signature updates along with automatic full system scans.

    We used to use a paid service, but we found that the lengthy and complicated procedure to validate our software license to be an incredibly frustrating waste of time. There were also concerns that the paid AV software actually slowed our systems down.

  • Had problem with my anti virus program from Kaspersky that would not do complete security scan. I was told by Kaspersky to turn off Windows defender because it was not compatible with their software. Turned defender off uninstalled Kaspersky and then reinstalled that software no problems ever since.

  • I have a multi machine license for VIPRE Internet security and I can highly recommend this security software.

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