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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials Missing From System Tray. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 2, 2013 - 35 answers

 

How can we trust open source software?

Open source software is considered trustworthy because anyone can validate the source code and hold the developer accountable. Usually developers will also make compiled binaries available for convenience. How can we know that these binaries are compiled from the same source code the developer published, and not a malicious variant of it? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 26, 2013 - 17 answers

How to keep my computer safe.

What do I *really* need to do in order to keep my computer reasonably save from malware and intrusions? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Dec 10, 2011 - 23 answers

I'm keeping these Windows closed, getting bars installed

I got a new Windows machine. It's been a while since I used Windows (never Windows 7). What do I, as someone paranoid about viruses and malware, need to download and set up in order to be 99.99% sure that nothing untoward happens to my machine? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on May 25, 2011 - 21 answers

XP security virus help?

My Mom has an infected PC. I've been trying to debug it for an hour and a half now to no avail. It's apparently an updated version of the XP Security Center virus. Problem is: it's prohibiting either Firefox or Explorer from opening, so I can't d/l anything. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 19, 2010 - 22 answers

Stupid malware!

Is it possible to use group policy editor to lock down IE even if the users are local admins? [more inside]
posted by cottonswab on Feb 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Facebook's taken over my GMail

When I log into Gmail, Firefox redirects me to a page on Facebook. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Most secure PDF viewer?

In light of the increasing number of PDF security exploits, what is the most secure PDF viewer for Windows? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 1, 2009 - 5 answers

While I appreciate the irony..

I've been attacked by some malware called "Spyware Protect 2009". Have you guys seen this before? Screenshot and symptoms inside - hoping someone can help me kill this thing. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Mar 26, 2009 - 22 answers

Buggy USB Drive?

Can simply connecting an infected jump drive release bugs onto a computer? [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth on May 1, 2008 - 8 answers

Seeking advice on anti-virus and other security software

What software (or combination of software) are you using to keep your computer internet-secure these days? [more inside]
posted by danwalker on Mar 12, 2008 - 13 answers

Is it possible for a computer to catch spyware/malware/virus/trojan just by viewing or scrolling a compromised webpage even if no clicking no pressing yes on any popup is involved?

I know that cookies may be automatically and surreptitiously installed on my computer when I arrive at a webpage, but what about spyware/malware/virus ? [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Feb 25, 2006 - 13 answers

How to stop my crazy family from downloading destructive software?

My computer illiterate family has an HP box running Windows XP Home SP 2. They are constantly installing random programs from suspicious websites and allowing nefarious Active X controls to run – often leaving a trail of destruction for me to deal with. Is there an easy way to restrict their ability to install software? (Also - was I dreaming or did Microsoft just release some kind of policy editing tool that deals with this kind of problem?)
posted by mockjovial on Aug 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Windows XP questions

Windows XP firewall + Zone Alarm = problem?
I've just upgraded to Windows XP and I have three questions (so far...). [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jun 7, 2004 - 8 answers

Recommendations for trustworthy Adware cleaners

As embarrassing as it is to confess, I am not very sophisticated with computers and technology. Recently my computer has become the eager droid of "purityscan," which (to my never ending frustration and dismay) opens a few hundred pop-ups per hour. I Googled for the best spy/pop up removal software, but I am unable to tell the good guys from the bad guys. I downloaded and ran "adaware" but now that they have identified "368 spyware components" on my computer they want $30.00 to remove them. I have no problem paying to end this problem, but I do not want to pay for dreck or pay evil extortionists who create the problem and then sell the solution. So: Which software is best, from an honest company, to fix this loathsome problem?
posted by limitedpie on Mar 5, 2004 - 19 answers

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