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How to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials

We’ve received some email from blog readers who want to uninstall Microsoft’s no-cost antivirus and antispyware software (Microsoft Security Essentials). If you’ve had trouble removing the program, see How to manually uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials if you cannot uninstall it by using the “Add or Remove Programs” feature. Fix it for me To fix this...

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Hotmail hijacked? Here’s what to do

Most of us have received suspicious email that looks like it came from someone on our contact list. These emails could contain a virus or other type of malware, or they could be a scam designed to trick you into turning over personal information or money. Did the person from your contact list suddenly become...

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Don’t fall for “scareware” this Halloween

For cybercriminals, scaring people is not limited to the last week in October. Rogue security software, also known as scareware, is fake software that claims to provide security for your computer, but might generate misleading alerts or attempt to lure you into identity theft or other kinds of fraud. According to the latest version of...

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Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit versus the cybercriminal

A blog reader recently wrote to us asking about our use of the word cybercriminal. “Can these people be caught and prosecuted? Where is the jurisdiction? My guess is that unless these ‘cybercriminals’ harvest politically sensitive data or material of that kind no one (officially) really cares too much beyond the point of trying to...

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Free virus protection for your small biz

Microsoft Security Essentials (free antivirus and antispyware software) is now available for small businesses. Small business owners can download and install Microsoft Security Essentials for no cost. For more information, see Microsoft Security Essentials available to Small Businesses on October 7. Note: If you operate a business running more than 10 computers, we recommend that you use...

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Is the online world more dangerous than the real world?

Earlier this week we told you about the myth that most identity theft occurs online. Today’s myth is about online shopping. Myth: Making purchases on the Internet is risky. Fact: Most security experts agree that the risk of fraud is greater with offline purchases. To shop more safely online with Internet Explorer: Look for https...

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Progress made, but still work to do

In her keynote speech at the RSA Conference in Europe yesterday, Adrienne Hall (General Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing) shared evidence from the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report and outlined the progress that Microsoft and others have made in battling botnets.  “While we’re proud of the progress we and others across the industry have made to...

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Latest Security Intelligence Report shows older systems more vulnerable

Today Microsoft released the latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR). The ninth volume of this comprehensive report covers evolving threat landscape trends from January through June 2010, with a focus on botnets. You can read the report section by section online, or you can download the entire report. Here are some of the key findings: Older...

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Get the October security updates

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Today Microsoft released 16 new security updates.  10 updates for Microsoft Windows 2 update for Microsoft Office 1 update for Microsoft Windows Media Player 1 update for .NET Framework  1 update for Internet Explorer  1 update for Microsoft Server Software  Why so many updates this...

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New Tool: SDL Regex Fuzzer

Hi everyone, Bryan here. I’m at the RSA Conference Europe this week to present “When a Billion Laughs Are Not So Funny: Application-Level Denial of Service Attacks.” I’ve predicted before that as cloud computing gains wider adoption, we’ll start to see a significant increase in denial of service (DoS) attacks against those services. When you’re...

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