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.
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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