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Protect your PC from the Conficker worm
The most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Reports (SIR) describes the ongoing threat of the Conficker worm and urges businesses and individuals to apply security updates. Microsoft first recognized the Conficker threat in November 2008 and since then the Microsoft Malware Protection Center has...
10 May 2012
Download free security updates for May
Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. The bulletin announces the release of 7 security updates: 2 updates for Microsoft Windows only 3 updates for Microsoft Office only 1 update for Microsoft .NET Framework only 1 update that combines multiple products...
8 May 2012
End of support for Office XP and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
If you use Office XP or Windows Vista Service Pack 1, upgrade now to help keep your computer safe. On July 12, 2011 both Office XP and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 reached the end of the Extended Support phase of their lifecycles. This means Microsoft Update and automatic updating will not offer security...
11 Aug 2011
Get your security updates for January
Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released of 2 security updates for Microsoft Windows. Get the updates . Watch a video about the updates.
11 Jan 2011
Download out-of-band security update for Windows
Today Microsoft released an out-of band security update that addresses a security vulnerability in: Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2 To help protect your computer, visit Windows Update to download and install...
2 Aug 2010
Support for Windows XP SP2 ends today
Back in March, we mentioned that support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010 . Today is the day. If your computer is running these operating systems you have two options. · Upgrade to Windows 7. For more information, see Windows 7 System Requirements , Get...
13 Jul 2010
Get Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Support for Windows Vista without any service packs ends today, April 13, 2010. If your computer is running Windows Vista without Service Pack 2, you won't get security updates for Windows. This means that your computer will be at risk for viruses , spyware , rogue security software , and other malicious...
13 Apr 2010
Old OS? End of support might come soon
Microsoft just announced that support is ending for some older versions of the Windows operating system (OS). Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end on April 13, 2010. Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. If you're running one of...
1 Mar 2010
If I have Microsoft Security Essentials do I still need Windows Defender?
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download for home computers running on the Windows operating system. This software helps protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malware. Windows Defender is built into Windows Vista and Windows 7 and it's available as a free download for Windows...
3 Dec 2009
Security updates for August 2008
Today Microsoft released 11 new security bulletins for Microsoft Windows, Windows Messenger, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel. To get the updates, go to the Microsoft Update Web site . To get updates automatically from now on, turn on automatic updating...
12 Aug 2008
Developers: Learn about the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle
A mandatory part of Microsoft product development, the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) plays a critical role in embedding security and privacy into Microsoft software and culture. Now Microsoft is making SDL tools, process guidance, and training available for every developer. ...
18 Jul 2008
Turn on automatic updating to get Vista SP1
Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is here and if you use a computer that runs Windows Vista, all you have to do is turn on automatic updating to get it. In fact, you might have already gotten it. To turn on automatic updating: 1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen...
6 Jun 2008
Get updated security information about Windows Vista
Want to stay current on new security features in Windows Vista? Bookmark the Windows Vista Security Blog . You'll get updates on the latest developments in Windows Vista security, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the development process from the people working on the product. And like with...
3 Mar 2008
Security News: Watch the Bret and Vinny Show
The third volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is now available. Download the report. Want to know more? Join Microsoft executives Bret Arsenault, General Manager of the National Security Team, and Vinny Gullotto, General Manager of Microsoft Research and Response, as they...
11 Dec 2007
How to tell if Windows Defender is installed on your computer
Windows Defender is an antispyware program from Microsoft that helps protect you from spyware, pop-up windows, and other unwanted software. It's free to download for Windows XP users and it comes with Windows Vista. (You don’t need to download or install it if you have Windows Vista. For more information...
11 Sep 2007
Go back to school with a safer family computer
It's that time of year again—back to school. And that probably means more computer time for kids who've been outside this summer. If you're a parent and you don't have family safety settings on your computer, now is a perfect time to choose the software that's right for your family. Parental...
7 Aug 2007
Windows Defender for Windows Vista
Some of you have been asking about whether or not you should download Windows Defender. Here's the short answer: Windows Defender comes with Windows Vista . If you use Windows Vista, do not download Windows Defender. If you use Windows XP SP2 you can (and should!) download Windows Defender...
11 Jul 2007
Does your Windows operating system have protection built in?
Do you like to read the entire life history of every feature in your security software and see every detail about how you might ever use it, in any possible situation? No? Then you'll appreciate knowing that you only have to take four basic steps to help protect your computer. 1. Keep your firewall...
29 May 2007
Why does Windows Vista give me so many security warnings?
A friend bought a new laptop that runs the Windows Vista operating system. She told me she loved the experience and the convenience of all the new features, but she also grumbled about how many security warnings she received: "It's like it won't let me do anything without first asking me if I really...
28 Mar 2007
Use Windows Vista to help enforce limits on your children's computer use
This week we highlight a special feature of Windows Vista Parental Controls —time restrictions. If you're a parent, you know there’s more to guiding your children’s computer use than shielding them from inappropriate content or contact with strangers. You also want to ensure that they aren...
19 Feb 2007
5 security features in Windows Vista that you might not know about
Windows Vista is officially available, so we thought it was time for you to get to know this new operating system. Here are five security features in Windows Vista that might just surprise you: 1. Check your spyware protection through the Windows Security Center . If you've used Windows XP...
2 Feb 2007
How Windows Vista can help you protect your kids online
Since when did the average preschooler know how to operate a mouse? Since now. Kids are going online earlier and earlier. It’s never too soon for you to start protecting them online. Windows Vista (available January 30, 2007) makes it easy to monitor and manage your kids' computer use. You know...
1 Dec 2006
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