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  • Blog Post: Trouble installing updates? Might be a case of bad timing

    This week we released security updates for the Windows operating system. If you have automatic updating turned on, your updates have probably already been downloaded and installed for you. Learn how to get updates automatically Even if you have automatic updating turned on, you might see an error...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about July 2014 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the July security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP registry hack will not protect your PC against all threats

    In April, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP . This means that if your computer is still running Windows XP, you are no longer receiving security updates. Several tech news sources have recently reported a change that you can make to your Windows registry (known as a “registry hack”...
  • Blog Post: Don’t forget to update all software

    If you’re signed up for automatic updating (and we hope that you are), you’ll get all the security updates for your operating system and other Microsoft software such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Excel, and more. Note...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for May 2014

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and check for the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT...
  • Blog Post: Available now: Security update for Internet Explorer

    Today, Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer, that we blogged about earlier this week . You probably already have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically. If you’re unsure if you have automatic...
  • Blog Post: Get the latest security updates and find out what to do if your computer is running Windows XP

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT Pros: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2014 Support for Windows XP has ended Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for March 2014

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and check for the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Microsoft Word, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT Pros...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about March 2014 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the March security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this...
  • Blog Post: 10 New Year’s resolutions for your digital devices and your online life

    It’s a new year, which means it’s time to resolve to create healthier habits in our daily lives. But we don’t have to stop at just improving our body, mind, and spirit. It’s also a good idea to resolve to keep our PCs, laptops, smartphones, and social networking sites healthy...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about December 2013 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the December security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for November 2013

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and check for the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates automatically For IT...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about November 2013 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the November security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this...
  • 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 advance notice about October 2013 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the October security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for September 2013

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and go to Microsoft Update to download the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates...
  • Blog Post: Check security settings in Windows Vista

    The newest version of Windows is Windows 8, but we know that many of you still use Windows Vista. The best way to ensure that Windows Vista is as secure as it can be is to use the Windows Security Center, which is built into Windows Vista. The Windows Security Center can help you check the status...
  • Blog Post: Support for Windows XP ends soon

    The first thing you need to know: Support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. You can get solutions to your Windows XP security issues now, but not for too much longer. If you’re still using Windows XP, you’re missing out on all kinds of security, productivity, and performance enhancements...
  • Blog Post: What do I do if my updates don’t install?

    The easiest way to get security updates automatically is to go to the Microsoft Update website and make sure that you have automatic updating turned on. Microsoft Update provides very important updates for performance and security. If you have automatic updating turned on and it isn’t working...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about August 2013 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the August security updates . If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for July 2013

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Skip the details and go to Microsoft Update to download the latest updates. This bulletin announces the release of security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other programs. Learn how to get security updates...
  • Blog Post: Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014

    After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP SP3. Learn about upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 . The Microsoft Support Lifecycle provides consistent, predictable guidelines...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for March 2013

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. This bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates. Download the March security updates Watch a video about the updates To get more information about security updates and other privacy and security issues delivered...
  • Blog Post: Get security updates for February 2013

    Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. This bulletin announces the release of 12 security updates. Download the February security updates for Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Windows. Watch a video...
  • Blog Post: Download a new security update for Internet Explorer

    Today Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer. To help protect your computer, visit Windows Update to download and install the update and ensure that you have automatic updating turned on. Watch a video about this update. For technical details, see Microsoft Security Advisory...
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