Do you have the right protection?

A friend of mine recently bought a new Windows 7 computer for his wife. He asked if I could recommend anti-virus software, etc. Before I gave him my recommendation, I decided to take a quick look at the different free options Microsoft offers, and I’m glad I did. I discovered that not all versions of Microsoft Defender are the same. What the product does depends on what operating system you have.

Andrew Clarke

If you are running Windows 7 or Vista, Windows Defender only removes spyware. To get rid of viruses and other malware, including spyware, you need to use Microsoft Security Essentials.

If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10, the built-in Windows Defender gets rid of viruses, spyware and other malware. Wouldn’t it have made more sense for them to call the built-in product Microsoft Security Essentials? That would have eliminated a lot of confusion. Oh well.

No matter what operating system you’re running, always remember that you are the most important anti-virus and anti-malware tool you have. Social engineering and lack of paying attention is the number one way unwanted programs are introduced into your system.

Think before you click.

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One Response to Do you have the right protection?

  1. Manju says:

    Thank much for posting this….good clarity for a non-IT professional requiring sound protection nevertheless….. !

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