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See if your Windows operating system has protection built in

See if your Windows operating system has protection built in

There are four basic steps to help protect your computer:

  1. Keep your firewall turned on.

  2. Keep your software and your operating system up to date.

  3. Use antivirus software.

  4. Use antispyware software.

Check the chart below to find out if your operating system comes with these features built in.

Firewall

Automatic Updating

Antivirus Technology

Antispyware Technology

Windows 8

Yes. Automatically turned on.

Yes. Automatically turned on.

Yes. Learn more about Windows Defender for Windows 8.

Yes. Learn more about Windows Defender for Windows 8.

Windows 7

Yes. Automatically turned on.

Yes. Automatically turned on.

No. Try Microsoft Security Essentials.

Yes. Learn more about Windows Defender for Windows 7.

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Yes. Automatically turned on.

Yes. Automatically turned on.

No. Try Microsoft Security Essentials.

No. Try Microsoft Security Essentials.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Yes. Automatically turned on.

Support has ended. Learn more.

No. Learn more.

No. Learn more.

Windows Vista without any service packs

Yes. Automatically turned on.

Support has ended. Upgrade for free to Windows Vista SP2 to get security updates.

No. Try Microsoft Security Essentials.

No. Try Microsoft Security Essentials.

Windows XP without any service packs

Yes. Not automatically turned on.

Support has ended. Learn more.

No. Learn more.

No. Learn more.