Microsoft's Free Virus Checker
Microsoft's 2009 free Security Essentials Anti Virus is for XP and earlier versions of Microsoft software.To down load it please click www.microsoft.com/security_essentials
.. Later versions of Windows have Defender Anti Virus built into them. .
This is a check list. You absolutely MUST have these things installed and working on your computer to operate both effectively and safely in our current environment. All these downloads are free but you are welcome to use paid for alternatives.
It is really most important to keep your 'browser' updated. (The browser is the software used to view the Internet.) If you don't websites will not look right and your security could be compromised. If you are an Explorer user just click the link below.
This is a good quality free non-commercial version which can be set to update automatically. The downside is that it is extremely difficult to get through all the offers for the paid for version.
We have always found this a good free virus checker. It is also relatively undemanding of the computer - which helps if you have got an old one.
However, antivirus itself is no longer adequate security. You should use a good antivirus program and a good anti-malware program. Together, they will protect you from most of the worst threats on the internet today: viruses, spyware, ransomware, and even potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
Malwarebytes is a good one to run alongside Defender. Both can be free
You will need this to run lots of Internet graphics packages that you will eventually come across. Boring but you have to have it.
If you need help either installing software or something will not work it is work clicking below to got to the Microsoft support centre. The link below and enter your query. Good luck!
Newer machines may not have the all-important JAVA installed. If a virtual tour programme or some other interesting website does not work, click the heading and then the 'Download' when the JAVA website comes up . If you get a red message you will probably find that you also need Flash so click that download as well. Both are free and crucial!