Update your computer automatically

Update your computer automatically

Security updates can help protect against new and ongoing threats to your privacy and your computer. The best way to get security updates is to turn on Windows automatic updating and to stay informed about security issues. Learn how to get security updates automatically in all Windows operating systems and learn how automatic updating works in Windows 8.

Security updates for July 9, 2013

Microsoft security news

2 million computers freed from cybercriminals

The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) recently took action against Citadel botnets. This malware is responsible for more than half a billion dollars in losses worldwide. Make sure your computer is protected.

Microsoft browser blocks more malware

According to independent security researcher NSS Labs, Internet Explorer 10 blocks more socially engineered malware than any other browser that runs on a Windows computer. Download the report.

Think twice before you text that photo

New apps promise that images you send will disappear from recipients' hard drives after the recipients have looked at them. Find out whether this promise is too good to be true.



Protect your computer

Protect your computer

How to get rid of a virus

Think your computer might have a virus or other malware? Learn how to get rid of it on a computer that is running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP.

What is a firewall?

A firewall is your first line of defense against hackers and certain kinds of malware. Find out if you already have a built-in firewall that's turned on by default.

See if your Windows operating system has protection built in

Compare Windows operating systems to find out whether you already have protection against viruses, worms, and other malicious software or if you need to download additional software.

Protect yourself and your family

Protect yourself and your family


There is no Hotmail Maintenance Department

Scam email messages may spoof Microsoft or other legitimate companies. If you receive email that asks you to click a suspicious link or to provide personal information, delete the message and report the scam.

Don't post your email address in blog comments

If you want to reduce spam, don't post your email address or any other personal information in the comment section on our blog or any other blog.


Catfishing: Are you falling for it?

Learn how to spot and avoid email and social networking scams from people who are not who they say they are.


Security resources

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