Protect your PC from the latest threats

Since the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report was released last month, we’ve been discussing some of the findings here, including research on the Conficker worm and the prevalence of rogue security software called scareware.

Here are three Microsoft tools that can help you protect yourself from these threats and others:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials offers free real-time protection that combines an anti-virus and anti-spyware scanner with phishing and firewall protection.
  • The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove malware and other malicious software. The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for an up-to-date antivirus solution, because it does not offer real-time protection and cannot prevent a computer from becoming infected.
  • SmartScreen Filter, a feature in Internet Explorer 8 and 9, offers protection against phishing sites and sites that host malware. Microsoft maintains a database of phishing and malware sites reported by users of Internet Explorer and other Microsoft products and services. If you attempt to visit a site in the database with the filter enabled, Internet Explorer displays a warning and blocks navigation to the page.

For more information, see a list of free Microsoft products help protect your computer from malware.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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6 comments
  1. Anonymous

    I think im a victim of a hijacked browser. How can i fix thi. I can't find the info. I ahve no browser security. can you help?

    Thanks

  2. Anonymous

    I need any extra help avaible to protect this computer.  As it is now some things slip through.  Please let me have any extra info about Microsoft aids in security.

  3. Anonymous

    I got a email from hotmail wanting info,is this for real,I was afrid to fill this out

  4. Anonymous

    I need a firewall……Cannot put it on…..Please help

  5. jayce007@msn.com

    The 1st thing you can try is in Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options, Advanced Tab, and click on Reset. Works most of the time. Then obviously do a full virus scan.

  6. Anonymous

    Is this a genuine link it is on Google+ as a security update that should be implemented, BUT there is no mention of it on my monthly "Microsoft security news" so are you not telling me something I should know? or is this a SCAM to infect my PC.

    support.microsoft.com/…/2719615

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