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Microsoft Safety and Security
Last Updated: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 > Related Articles
With all of the malicious software on the Internet and the ease of infection, it is recommended that Window users download and use the tools provided by Microsoft regularly, based on other security products that you are using.
Microsoft offers several free solutions to protect and clean your computer from malicious software and to ensure your computer is secured with the latest security updates. Refer to the following table for descriptions of some of these products.
Cox does not provide support for these products. Refer to Microsoft for additional details.
|Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer||The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations.||https://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=7558|
|Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool||Microsoft released the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to help remove specific prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows XP. After you download the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, the tool runs one time to check your computer for infection by specific prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps remove any infection it finds. Microsoft releases a new version of the tool every month.||http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx|
|Microsoft Security Essentials||Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.|
Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, it is recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.
|Microsoft Safety Scanner|
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing anti-virus software.
The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an anti-virus software program that provides ongoing protection.