We recently received an email from a reader asking us if the
security updates that we’re always encouraging you to download and install are
Yes. Security updates from Microsoft are always free.
Security updates for Windows help protect against new and
ongoing threats to your computer and your personal information. The best way to
get security updates is to turn on Windows
automatic updating, which is also free. If you don’t want to use automatic
updating, you should check for new updates about once a week.
security updates for Windows 7.
security updates for Windows Vista.
security updates for Windows XP.
For more information, see Understanding
Windows automatic updating.
More free stuff
Regular updates are a great way to help secure your computer,
but you also need protection from malicious software. To help safeguard against
malicious software, download
Microsoft Security Essentials, which is also free.