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  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: Going online at the airport? Avoid “Free Public WiFi” rogue

    'Tis the season for airline travel. If you've ever tried to connect to a wireless network at an airport, coffee shop, or other public place you might have seen a network called "Free Public WiFi" and you've probably been tempted to try it. Don't. If you're using Windows XP and you haven't installed...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Use Microsoft Fix it to update Windows XP

    Microsoft is aware of a vulnerability that affects only Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. If you use Windows 2000, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you are not affected. If your computer is running Windows XP, visit this Microsoft Fix it page to fix this problem automatically. Don't know what...
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