Windows Security: Archive: February 2010 

Windows 7 Anti-Piracy Update Available

Microsoft's update to its anti-piracy tool is now available via Windows Update, the company has confirmed.

Trojan Pretends to Be Microsoft Security Suite

Quick quiz: Does Microsoft charge users for its Security Essentials software? How do you tell whether software is from Microsoft or from hackers trying to hold your PC for ransom?

Security Showdown: Mac vs PC

Columnist Kenneth van Wyck takes Windows 7 and Snow Leopard out for a spin to see which operating system offers the best security.

Microsoft Says Rootkit Causes XP 'Blue Screens'

After a week-long investigation, Microsoft bug sleuths claim they've hunted down the cause of multiple reboots and crashes inflicted on Windows XP users.

How to: Set Up TrueCrypt Disk Encryption, Part 1

Eric Geier gives step-by-step instructions for improving laptop security by protecting your data with TrueCrypt disk encryption.

Microsoft Fights Malware with Anti-Piracy Update

According to Microsoft, users running pirated copies of its software are at much higher risk of encountering all kinds of malware attacks than users with legitimate copies.

Microsoft Pulls Crashing XP Security Update

Company confirms that update meant to fix 17-year-old security bug is causing endless reboots and the Blue Screen of Death for some Windows XP users.

Google Chrome Updated for Six Security Flaws

Chrome 4 gets its first security fixes--three of them rated as "high" in importance. But it's not all bad news.

Microsoft's 'Reliability Update' Is Not So Reliable

One of several non-security updates is causing system crashes for some Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users. What does Microsoft have for a solution?

Buying Guide: Anti-Virus Software

Good anti-virus protection is a must, but which should you choose and how much--if anything--should you pay?

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Microsoft Warns Users of Black Hat Zero-Day

Microsoft warns users to protect themselves from a zero-day bug in Internet Explorer (IE) after it was disclosed Wednesday at the Black Hat hacking and security conference.