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Jan 27 2010   9:18PM GMT

Windows 7 is Secure, But Not Impervious

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Microsoft added a variety of features and made a number of improvements in Windows 7. Many of the improvements focus on making the operating system more secure, however Windows 7 is still far from invulnerable.

A Seattle Times read asked:

“…. I had downloaded AVG anti-virus in August. Nothing told me I had a virue. It was only when my computer did not improve with Windows 7 that I decided to pay a tech to look at it. The tech has me set up with the security that comes with Windows 7. He thinks this is better than AVG. So I also paid for AVG for 2 years and only used it for 3 months…”

To which the response was:

“…your tech person is a bit off base about Windows security. There is no anti-virus software with Windows 7. I recommend immediately reinstalling your anti-virus software.”

The writer is correct. Windows 7 has a number of security features. It does include the Windows Firewall, and Windows Defender anti-spyware, but no antivirus protection. However, Microsoft does offer its Microsoft Security Essentials antimalware software at no cost.

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