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Beware of fake Microsoft security alerts
The latest ploy by Internet scam artists? Sending out fake security bulletins in Microsoft's name that infect your computer with malicious software. Please be aware that Microsoft never attaches software updates to our security communications. Find out about other clues that can help you spot e-mail messages that claim to be from Microsoft but aren't.
Security updates for July 10, 2007 The bulletin for July includes six updates: two critical updates, one important update, and one moderate update for the Windows operating system; one critical update for Microsoft Office Excel; and one important update for Microsoft Office Publisher.
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To help protect your computer from the latest Internet threats, it's important to install new security updates as soon as they become available. The easiest way to do this is to turn on Automatic Updates and use the recommended setting of downloading recommended updates and installing them on a schedule you set.
How to turn on Automatic Updates
Automatic Updates is available on several versions of Windows.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). Automatic Updates was turned on for you when you installed Windows XP SP2. To make sure it is still enabled or to change your settings, go to the Microsoft Update Web site. Click Turn on Automatic Updates. To adjust your settings, click Pick a time to install updates.
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows XP SP1, Windows 2000 SP3 or later, and Windows Server 2003. Go to the Microsoft Update Web site. Click Turn on Automatic Updates . To adjust your settings, click Pick a time to install updates.
Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me). To turn on Automatic Updates, visit the Security Essentials page for Windows Me.
For More Information
If you are using a version of Windows earlier than Windows XP SP2, we strongly recommend updating to the latest version to take advantage of additional security features and ongoing security update support.
How many of you people keep your computer updated with Microsofts Security updates?, I bet, very few!! Go to this website and it will tell you if your computer needs updating. It's a free service from Microsoft. ( do as you are prompted)
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