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  • Blog Post: Help! Someone is holding my computer hostage

    If you see a pop-up window, webpage, or email message warning you that your computer has been locked because of possible illegal activities, you might be a victim of a criminal extortion scam called ransomware . Ransomware often masquerades as an official-looking warning from a well-known law enforcement...
  • Blog Post: 3 ways to speed up your PC

    Here are three ways to speed up a sluggish computer. 1. Scan your computer for viruses If your computer is slow or restarts often, it could be infected with a virus or other malicious software . If you have Windows 8, you can use the built-in Windows Defender to help you get rid of a virus or...
  • Blog Post: Get free or paid support for your malware problem

    Is your computer running slowly? Are programs starting unexpectedly? Is the activity light on your broadband or external modem constantly lit? Does it sound like your computer's hard disk is continually working? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your computer might be infected...
  • Blog Post: Why does my AV software keep turning off?

    Bob writes: My antivirus software keeps turning off and I can’t get it back on. Here are the most common reasons you might encounter this problem: Your computer is already infected with rogue security software The warning that you’re antivirus software is turned off might be a...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about June security updates

    Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June security updates . On Tuesday, June 12 at approximately 10 AM Pacific Time Microsoft will release 8 bulletins. The easiest way to get the updates when they're available is to turn on Windows automatic updating . For...
  • Blog Post: Free PC safety scan

    Think your computer might have a virus ? The Microsoft Security scanner is a free download that will scan your computer and help you remove viruses, spyware , and other malicious software. Download Microsoft Safety Scanner The scanner is not a replacement for antivirus software . It contains the...
  • Blog Post: The Zbot battle: Microsoft turns up the heat

    Botnets are networks of compromised computers controlled by cybercriminals. Botnets can send out spam, spread malicious software, steal passwords, and more. Zbot (also known as the "Zeus Botnet") has been responsible for stealing passwords and other financial information from infected computers...
  • Blog Post: Hey! Did MSN hijack my browser?

    Did your home page or search page suddenly change to MSN or another Microsoft website? If you use Microsoft Security Essentials , Windows Defender, the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool , or other anti-malware software from Microsoft, these tools might have detected browser hijacking software...
  • Blog Post: Got a virus? Get free help fast

    If you think you have a computer virus or other security help needs, you can get free help at the new Virus and Security Solution Center . You can: Find out if you have a virus with the Windows Live Safety Scanner . Get rid of viruses with the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool . ...
  • Blog Post: What is Win32/FakeRean?

    Our friends on the Microsoft support team tell us that they’ve heard a lot of complaints lately about Win32/FakeRean , a rogue antivirus program that claims to scan your computer for viruses and spyware and displays fake warnings. Win32/FakeRean isn’t new. According to the Microsoft Malware...
  • Blog Post: Free security tools from Microsoft

    You don’t need a personal IT staff or even a geeky family member to help keep your home computer safe from viruses , hackers, and other threats. Microsoft offers the following free security tools and scans: · Microsoft Security Essentials Downloadable software that helps protect against viruses...
  • Blog Post: Get virus help from a local security expert

    If you think your computer has been infected with a virus , spyware , or other malicious software there are a few steps you can take to help remove it: Visit Microsoft Update and install the latest updates. If you currently use antivirus software , visit the manufacturer's website, update your...
  • Blog Post: Get the latest security updates for Internet Explorer and Visual Studio

    Today Microsoft released 2 out-of-band security updates: MS09-034 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer (KB 972260) MS09-035 - addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Visual Studio (KB 969706) Everyone should get the update for Internet Explorer. Developers should...
  • Blog Post: Post-April Fool's Day Conficker update

    In the last few weeks, the Internet has been rife with rumors about how the Conficker worm was set to explode (or at least release a mysterious payload) on April 1. April 1, 2009 is now in our rear view mirror and so far not much has changed. Microsoft recognizes that crime on the Internet is a...
  • Blog Post: The Conficker worm: what you need to know

    The new computer worm called Conficker has been in the news a lot lately. We'll admit that the reports can be confusing, even to us. But the most important fact about the Conficker worm is that it can be dangerous and you may be at risk if you or your computer administrator have fallen behind in security...
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