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Microsoft's FREE
Security Features

    For continuous protection on your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC, download the FREE "Microsoft Security Essentials" software: Microsoft Security Details

    For Windows XP I use the free version of AVG antivirus software: Free AVG. When the free trial service expires, I just uninstall AVG and download the free version again.

    Windows 10 comes with "Windows Defender" which Microsoft updates automatically. However, it can be manually updated by going to Start>Updates & Security>Windows Defender, and following the prompts.

   For all PCs, the "Microsoft Safety Scanner" is a freely downloadable tool that helps remove malicious software in all versions of Windows.

    Microsoft Safety Scanner

    However, it expires 10 days after being downloaded. To do a subsequent scan, download the tool again. Be aware that this is NOT a replacement for a real-time security program which provides ongoing protection.

    Ruth Gillespie asked how to set up Gmail's "Vacation Responder," which lets people know that you may not be able to reply to their email message right away.

    To access the option, click on the GEAR icon in the upper right corner of a Gmail page. Next click on "Settings."

    Then scroll down to "Vacation Responder" and follow the prompts to finish your settings.
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