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YInstStarter - What does it do?
What, exactly, does YInstStarter do? I've had problems before with one or another of Windows updates interfering with some program or application, and I suspect that YInstStarter is another one of these Microsoft things that may be a good idea, but isn't well enough thought out that it doesn't cause...
2010-01-08, 4214👍, 0💬

Online privacy FAQ - How can I protect my privacy when shopping online?
Windows Vista Security basics - Online privacy FAQ - How can I protect my privacy when shopping online? Most online merchants use secure connections to provide an encrypted connection between Internet Explorer and the website. Encrypted connections make it difficult for a hacker to intercept your pe...
2009-10-14, 4492👍, 0💬

What is phishing and how can Internet Explorer help protect me from it?
Windows Vista Security basics - Online privacy FAQ - What is phishing and how can Internet Explorer help protect me from it? Online phishing (pronounced like the word fishing) is a way to trick computer users into revealing personal or financial information through an e-mail message or website. This...
2009-10-13, 4140👍, 0💬

Spyware FAQ - How do I remove spyware and other unwanted software?
Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - How do I remove spyware and other unwanted software? The best way to remove spyware is to run up-to-date antispyware software that can monitor software that is trying to install itself on your computer, and also scan for and remove potentially unwanted s...
2009-08-11, 4745👍, 0💬

Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - How can I prevent spyware from infecting my computer?
Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - How can I prevent spyware from infecting my computer? Run up-to-date antispyware software. Windows Defender, which ships with this version of Windows, helps prevent malicious software, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software or adware from insta...
2009-08-11, 4492👍, 0💬

Spyware FAQ - What do I do when a pop-up won't close until I agree to install a program or change my home page?
Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - What do I do when a pop-up won't close until I agree to install a program or change my home page? Some websites will repeatedly display pop-ups asking you to install a toolbar or change your home page. When this happens, try closing the browser window. I...
2009-08-04, 4561👍, 0💬

Spyware FAQ - Can I get spyware without knowing it?
Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - Can I get spyware without knowing it? Yes, some spyware can be installed from a website through an embedded script, or program in a webpage. Some unwanted software requires your help to install through web pop-ups or free software that require you to acc...
2009-08-04, 5037👍, 0💬

Spyware FAQ - Where does spyware and potentially unwanted software come from?
Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - Where does spyware and potentially unwanted software come from? Unwanted software can be installed by websites, downloaded programs, or a program you might install from a CD, DVD, external hard disk, or other removable media. Spyware is most commonly ins...
2009-07-28, 4825👍, 0💬

How can I tell if I have spyware or unwanted software on my computer?
Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - How can I tell if I have spyware or unwanted software on my computer? You probably have some form of spyware on your computer if: • You notice new toolbars, links, or favorites that you did not intentionally add to your web browser. • Your default home p...
2009-07-28, 4903👍, 0💬

Spyware FAQ - What is spyware?
Windows Vista Security basics - Spyware FAQ - What is spyware? Spyware is software that can install itself or run on your computer without providing you with adequate notice, consent, or control. Spyware might not display symptoms after it infects your computer, but many types of malicious software ...
2009-07-21, 4251👍, 0💬

Using anti-malware software to help protect your computer - Which edition of Windows Vista am I using?
Windows Vista Security basics - Using anti-malware software to help protect your computer - Which edition of Windows Vista am I using? Malicious software, also known as malware, is software designed to deliberately harm your computer. For example, viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are malicious soft...
2009-07-21, 4036👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Tips for using e-mail and the web safely
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Tips for using e-mail and the web safely • Use caution when opening e-mail attachments. e-mail attachments (files attached to e-mail messages) are a primary source of virus infection. Never open an attachment from someone yo...
2009-07-14, 4175👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Use a standard user account
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Use a standard user account When you log on to your computer, Windows grants you a certain level of rights and privileges depending on what kind of user account you have. There are three different types of user accounts: sta...
2009-07-14, 4052👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Update Windows automatically
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Update Windows automatically Microsoft regularly offers important updates to Windows that can help protect your computer against new viruses and other security threats. To ensure that you receive these updates as quickly as ...
2009-07-07, 11834👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Use spyware protection
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Use spyware protection Spyware is software that can display advertisements, collect information about you, or change settings on your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent. For example, spyware can...
2009-07-07, 3985👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Use virus protection
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Use virus protection Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are programs created by hackers that use the Internet to infect vulnerable computers. Viruses and worms can replicate themselves from computer to computer, while Trojan ...
2009-06-30, 4377👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Use a firewall
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Use a firewall A firewall is software or hardware that checks information coming from the Internet or a network and then either turns it away or allows it to pass through to your computer, depending on your firewall settings...
2009-06-30, 3956👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - What are security alerts?
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - What are security alerts? If Windows detects that your computer might need enhanced security in any one of the security areas—firewall, automatic updating, malware protection, or other security settings—you will see a notifi...
2009-06-16, 3938👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Check your security status with Windows Security Center
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Check your security status with Windows Security Center Windows Security Center is your headquarters for computer security. It shows your computer's current security status and recommends anything that you should do to help ...
2009-06-16, 3897👍, 0💬

Understanding security and safe computing - Which edition of Windows Vista am I using?
Windows Vista Security basics - Understanding security and safe computing - Which edition of Windows Vista am I using? If you connect to the Internet, allow other people to use your computer, or share files with others, you should take steps to protect your computer from harm. Why? Because there are...
2009-06-09, 4118👍, 0💬

Using Windows Security Center - Other security settings
Windows Vista Security basics - Using Windows Security Center - Other security settings Windows checks your Internet security settings and User Account Control settings to make sure they are set at the recommended levels. If your Internet or User Account Control settings are changed to a security le...
2009-06-09, 3961👍, 0💬

Using Windows Security Center - Other security settings
Windows Vista Security basics - Using Windows Security Center - Other security settings Windows checks your Internet security settings and User Account Control settings to make sure they are set at the recommended levels. If your Internet or User Account Control settings are changed to a security le...
2009-06-09, 4015👍, 0💬

Using Windows Security Center - Malicious software protection
Windows Vista Security basics - Using Windows Security Center - Malicious software protection Malicious software (malware) protection can help protect your computer against viruses, spyware, and other security threats. Security Center checks if your computer is using up-to-date antispyware and antiv...
2009-06-02, 4159👍, 0💬

Using Windows Security Center - What's Firewall ?
Windows Vista Security basics - Using Windows Security Center - What's Firewall ? A firewall can help prevent hackers or malicious software (such as worms) from gaining access to your computer through a network or the Internet. A firewall can also help stop your computer from sending malicious softw...
2009-05-26, 4586👍, 0💬

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