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  • Blog Post: What to do if your antivirus subscription has expired

    Phil asks: I'm new to Windows 8.1. Now that my free security software has expired, how do I go about making Windows Defender my choice security method? Windows Defender is included with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software). Many new computers...
  • Blog Post: Get advance notice about September 2014 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the September 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 advance notice about August 2014 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: 9 ways to stay safe online this summer

    Summer is in full swing. Here are our best safety and security tips for the season. Don’t broadcast vacation plans on your social networking sites. If you’re leaving your home unoccupied and at risk for potential burglary, you might want to wait to post your vacation photographs...
  • 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: Get advance notice about June 2014 security updates

    Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the June 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: It’s time to install Windows 8.1

    If your computer is running Windows 8, it’s time to download and install the newest version—Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Update (also known as KB 2919355) helps your computer run at optimal performance and includes new features that make the operating system easier to use. If you don’t...
  • Blog Post: Transfer your files to a new computer for free

    Product support for Windows XP ended in April. Moving forward this means that Windows XP based-systems will not receive security updates. Find out if your computer is running Windows XP . If it is, you might be able to upgrade your computer, or buy a new one. If you buy a new computer, learn how...
  • Blog Post: New research shows rise in “deceptive downloads”

    According to the latest cybersecurity report from Microsoft, “deceptive downloads” were the top threat for 95 percent of the 110 countries surveyed. What are deceptive downloads? Deceptive downloads are legitimate downloadable programs (usually free) such as software, games, or music...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Recycle your old computers and devices for Earth Day

    Today is Earth Day. Show your love for the globe by getting rid of your old technology in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Step 1: Back up files or data you want to keep Use the backup utilities that are built into Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 to transfer files from your...
  • Blog Post: Security improvements in Windows 8

    Support ended for Windows XP last week. That means technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available. To stay protected, you can upgrade your current computer or buy a new one. Windows 8.1 Update runs on a wider variety of devices, so you'll have more to choose from, including budget-friendly...
  • 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: How to get rid of malware that keeps coming back

    Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials can get rid of most malware, but here’s what you can do if it comes back. Make sure you have automatic updating turned on . This feature ensures that you have the latest security improvements from Microsoft installed on your computer. If...
  • Blog Post: How to recover an account if you haven’t already added security information to it

    A reader asks: What can I do if my account has been hacked and I haven’t already added security information to it? It would be easier to recover your account if you had already associated it with information that cybercriminals can’t easily access, like your mobile phone number or an...
  • 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: Support for Windows XP ends in one month on April 8, 2014

    On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for the Windows XP operating system. As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows...
  • Blog Post: How do I know if I already have antivirus software?

    If your computer is running Windows 8 If your computer is running Windows 8, you already have antivirus software. Windows 8 includes Windows Defender , which helps protect you from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software . If Windows Defender is turned off and you don’t have another...
  • Blog Post: Support for Windows XP ends in two months on April 8, 2014

    On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for its decade-old Windows XP operating system. This means that after April 8 there will be no new security updates available through automatic updating for computers that are still running Windows XP. For more information, see Support is ending soon ....
  • Blog Post: Remove your personal data before you recycle your old computer or device

    Chances are good that you or someone in your life got a new PC, laptop, tablet, phone, or other device this holiday season. If you’re going to recycle, donate, or dispose of an old device, help protect your privacy by removing your personal information first. You can do this yourself, or you...
  • 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: Newer software can increase your computer security

    This week we released volume 15 of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR) , which covers our research on computer security, including software vulnerabilities, exploits, and malicious and potentially unwanted software . One of the key findings to surface from the latest report is the increased risk...
  • Blog Post: EMET: A valuable tool for PC protection

    If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’ve probably already taken steps to help protect your PC. You have antivirus software that you trust and you keep it updated automatically. You’ve activated your firewall. You regularly install security updates. You know not to respond...
  • 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...
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