Security

Tutorials, tips and tricks about security in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10.

Security Features of Windows 7

The latest version of Microsoft Windows operating system, Windows 7, is one of the most efficient computer operating systems available today. It’s not only user-friendly, but also secure in many respects. Although it has user interface elements very similar to Windows Vista, Windows 7 has much better security in place. In this article, let’s analyze these security features in detail.

Setting Up Bitlocker after Vista Installation

Bitlocker, the new security scheme in Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7, helps encrypt the entire system drive. This security feature requires an extra hard disk partition of about 1.5 GB of free space for the installation of unencrypted boot data, to enable booting from the encrypted system drive. If you overlooked this and installed Vista without creating this additional partition, you can follow this article to get Bitlocker installed. I assume that you have some experience with Windows installation. If not, it is recommended to have a technically knowledgeable person near you.

What is Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (mrt.exe) and how to use it

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool was always a very enigmatic Windows Update for me. I always installed it both on my Windows XP and Windows Vista PCs and never really understood how it works and if it works. After I installed it, I did not see any new shortcuts or programs running in the background, not even new notification messages. It was as if I installed an update which did not do anything.

Recently, I went to one of my friend's house and installed Windows Vista on his PC. Of course, Windows Update installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on his PC as well. When he asked me about this tool and how it works, I was not able to give him any answers. To answer his questions and any of your questions about this tool, I decided to do a little digging and write this article to share with you all there is to know about the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Windows Firewall

One of the applications which changed quite a lot in Windows Vista, compared to Windows XP, is Windows Firewall. There are a number of new features which make it a much more reliable solution which offers a decent protection level. Unfortunately, until now we did not get the chance to feature Windows Firewall on our site. I would like to use this article and show you the following: how to find the Windows Firewall, how to use it, how to access and change defined exceptions and how to select the network connections that are protected by Windows Firewall.

How to turn on or off the Windows Vista Firewall

There are cases when, for different reasons, you might need to disable or enable the Windows Vista's firewall. In this short tutorial we will show you how this can be done. Just follow the steps described below and you will be done in no time.

How to disable Windows Defender

Even if Windows Defender is offered for free and it has decent protection features, some people might prefer other applications to secure their system from spyware and other threats. In this case there is no point in having two similar applications running at the same time, both of them consuming system resources. This is why disabling Windows Defender can be a good idea.

Windows Defender's best feature - Software Explorer

We've been using Windows Defender for some time and we must say that we are very impressed by one of its features. It is called Software Explorer and its main utility is to allow users to view detailed information about the programs that are currently running on their systems. It can also be easily used as startup programs manager or as a replacement for the Windows Task Manager.

In this article we will show you everything you can do with the Software Explorer. As you will see for yourself, Software Explorer is very versatile and easy to use.

Windows Defender

Windows Defender is an application designed to detect and remove known spyware from your computer. It is based on a solution initially developed by GIANT Company Software, a company which was acquired by Microsoft in December 2004. Before Windows Vista's launch, Microsoft has changed both the application and its name several times. Now it is included by default in all versions of Windows Vista in order to enhance the security of the operating system.

Even though Windows Defender has been criticized for its shortcomings in detecting and blocking spyware applications, many users might choose to use it for several reasons: it is free, easy to use, light on system resources and it offers a basic set of protection features.

For those of you who would like to give Windows Defender a try, we created this quick overview of the application interface and its main functions. Also, in the upcoming weeks we will publish a few articles about some of Windows Defender's most useful features.

Change the permissions and take ownership of your files and folders

When changing operating systems and migrating data, you might end up not being able to access some of your files or folders anymore. This can happen due to the fact that your user has lost ownership of those files & folders or it no longer has the required permissions. In this tutorial will try to address this type of issues and help our readers that reported having such problems.

Even though the procedure is a bit long, you will see that things are not very complicated.

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