Free security tools from Microsoft

You don’t need a personal IT staff or even a geeky family member to help keep your home computer safe from viruses, hackers, and other threats.

Microsoft offers the following free security tools and scans:

·         Microsoft Security Essentials

Downloadable software that helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.


·         Windows Live Safety Scanner

Web-based service that gives you quick, on-demand PC health and security scans to help you diagnose and solve problems in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Also see the Windows Live Safety Scanner for Windows XP.


·         Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

On Demand service that checks your computer for specific and prevalent strains of malicious software.


·         Microsoft Update

Get updates for your operating system and all of your Microsoft software, including Microsoft Office.

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 »