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Practice Safe Computing in Windows 7

Protect yourself in Windows 7 by practicing safe computing —after all, the best defense is often a good offense. Consider these safe-computing tips: [more…]

Installing and Running Microsoft Security Essentials

In late September 2009, Microsoft shook up the antivirus industry by doing the unexpected: releasing an antivirus solution that doesn’t slow down your PC or complicate what should be a simple task. Unlike [more…]

How to Allow Programs through the Windows 7 Firewall

One of the security features that Microsoft provides to keep your information private is the Windows 7 Firewall. To get the most out of the firewall, you need to tell Windows 7 to allow certain trusted [more…]

Running Automatic Malware Scans in Windows 7 with Windows Defender

In Windows 7, one of the best tools for avoiding and removing spyware and viruses from your PC is Windows Defender. However, Microsoft made the Windows Defender program a bit harder to find in Windows [more…]

How to Check Your Computer’s Security Status in Windows 7

Windows Vista was known for its bugs and security glitches. Consequently, Microsoft spent a lot of time and effort trying to ensure that Windows 7 had a higher level of security. The best way to check [more…]

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows 7

Creating a System Restore Point in Windows 7 is a quick way to protect yourself from system crashes. System Restore Points are a kind of insurance policy. The System Restore feature creates a record of [more…]

Windows 7 Parental Controls Setup

Setting up the Parental Controls feature in Windows 7 is a bit different than it was in Windows Vista, in part because the new parental controls interface is nowhere near as comprehensive as it used to [more…]

How to Enable the Windows 7 Firewall

One of the security features that Microsoft provides to keep your information private is the Windows Firewall. By enabling the Windows Firewall and keeping Windows 7 up to date, you can keep your computer [more…]

How to Use the Windows 7 Action Center

The Action Center is Windows 7's primary means of alerting you to potential problems. You can use the new Action Center feature in Windows 7 to stay informed of security and maintenance issues that need [more…]

How to Open a Port in the Windows 7 Firewall

When you use a firewall — and you should — you change the way your computer communicates with other computers on the Internet. The firewall blocks all incoming communications unless you open a port in [more…]

Windows 7: Set Up an Inbound Exception in Windows Firewall

When you use a firewall — and you should — you change the way your computer communicates with other computers on the Internet. The firewall blocks all incoming communications unless you set up a specific [more…]

How to Make Windows 7 Forget Your Windows Live Messenger Password

    Many Windows 7 users choose to have Windows Live Messenger remember their password when they're setting up Messenger. If you want to use Messenger with more than one user ID, you’ll need to go back [more…]

How to Customize the Windows 7 Action Center

Windows 7 uses the Action Center as its primary tool for sending you messages and alerts. You can take control of the Action Center and tell it exactly which programs and functions you want it to keep [more…]

How to Disable Notifications from the Windows 7 Action Center

Windows 7 uses the Action Center to scan your system and tell whenever it thinks there is a problem. Unfortunately, experienced users might quickly tire of the annoying reminders. If you don’t want to [more…]

How to Customize User Account Control in Windows 7

Windows 7 has seriously toned down the User Account Control (UAC) — the annoying security feature in Vista that perpetually popped up asking whether you're sure you want to do something. You can now customize [more…]

How to Activate Parental Controls in Windows 7

The key to using parental controls is to properly configure multiple accounts on your PC. Specifically, a parent’s account must be at the administrator level, or the parent must have access to an administrator-level [more…]

How to Change Parental Control Settings in Windows 7

Using Parental Controls in Windows 7, you can control the times that your children can use your computer, the kinds of games they can play, and the programs they can access. Each of these settings can [more…]

How to Disable User Account Control

Windows 7 and Windows Vista ask if you want to Allow or Cancel almost every attempt to do something in Windows. It is called User Account Control (UAC) and is Microsoft’s attempt to ratchet up security [more…]

How to Disable Windows Remote Assistance

Windows comes with an option to allow someone else on the Internet or a local network to access your computer. It can be done to share files, but primarily the feature exists to let someone somewhere help [more…]

How to Access Windows Security Features

The average time an unprotected Windows computer spends on the Internet before malware controls the entire system is about 16 minutes. Therefore, you must take steps to protect your PC from the Bad Guys [more…]

How to Fight Phishing in Internet Explorer

Phishing is a scam. It begins with an email that compels the recipient to provide personal (e.g. Social security number) or financial information (e.g. account numbers) via email or a website. Like most [more…]

How to Block Phishing in Windows E-Mail Programs

Phishing is a scam. It begins with an email that compels the recipient to provide personal (e.g. Social security number) or financial information (e.g. account numbers) via email or a website. Your email [more…]

How to Put Windows Defender on Your PC

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How to Put Windows Defender to Work Fighting Spyware

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

How to Schedule Automatic Spyware Scans in Windows Defender

If your PC is rapidly slowing down, moving so slow that you have to wait for minutes to see what you have typed on the screen, you may have spyware on your computer. One of the best ways to fight spyware [more…]

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