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Free tool helps prevent viruses

May 16th, 2013 No comments

One of the best defenses against viruses and other kinds of malicious software is ensuring that all of your built-in security settings are turned on and running smoothly.

Microsoft offers a free tool that will help diagnose and fix Windows security settings, so you don’t have to think about it.

Note: The Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter does not work with Windows 8. Windows 8 includes Windows Defender, which is turned on by default.

Run the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter

Some examples of what it does:

  • Checks status of your antivirus software and prompts you to update it.
  • Checks Windows Update to help ensure your computer is kept current and secure.
  • Resets User Account Control to default to help prevent unauthorized changes to your computer.
  • Checks Internet Explorer privacy settings for safer browsing.
  • Clears Internet Explorer history and cache.
  • Checks if your version of Internet Explorer is up to date.

Learn more about the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter

Free tool automatically checks and builds up your computer’s defenses

July 12th, 2012 No comments

Want to know an easy way to make sure you have the most up-to-date security settings and software for your Windows operating system? Microsoft offers a free downloadable tool that scans your computer and makes recommended changes based on your current settings.

Run the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter.

The following are a few examples of how the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter helps protect your computer:

  • It turns on your Windows Firewall. Enabling your Windows Firewall will block communications to your PC that may be malicious software.
  • It checks your anti-virus protection status. You will be prompted to update your anti-virus program if needed. If you have no anti-virus program installed, it tells how you can download Microsoft Security Essentials (free) or learn about other security software partners.
  • It turns on automatic updating. Windows Update automatically downloads and installs the latest security and feature updates from Microsoft to help enhance the security and performance of your PC.

Find out what else the Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter can do.