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Updating your Windows 7 PC

Microsoft Windows 7 Action Center is the new home for updating activities. Click here and watch the video:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-update

Updating your Windows Vista PC

There are two ways to update. Instructions for both methods are found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/windowsupdate/learn/windowsvista.mspx

Updating your Windows XP PC

There are two ways to update. Instructions for both methods are found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/windowsupdate/learn/windowsxp.mspx

Updating your Mac

There are multiple ways to update. Instructions for updates and differences between updates and upgrades can be found here:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1338

Multi-Protection Packages – Fee Required

In today's world antivirus is only part of being safe online. In addition to knowing how to safely use web, email, instant messaging and file-sharing services you should also use additional technology to foil the criminals. The products below offer firewalls, anti-phishing tools, and other features to provide added protection.

AVG Internet Security – 1 User:

http://www.avg.com/product-avg-internet-security?fprd=ais.12m

McAfee Total Protection – 3 Users:

http://home.mcafee.com/Store/Package.aspx?pkgid=275

TrendMicro Internet Security – 3 Users:

http://us.trendmicro.com/us/products/personal/internet-security/index.html

Symantec Norton Internet Security – 3 Users:

http://www.symantec.com/norton/internet-security

Single and Multi-Protection Packages – Free Downloads

There are programs that either came with your computer or are free for download that, when used properly, can provide much of the protection offered by fee-based services. These programs generally come with no warranty and limited support but are still a great alternative to having out-of-date or no protection at all.

AVG Antivirus Free Edition (Antivirus Only)

http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition

Comodo Internet Security (Antivirus and Firewall)

http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/download_firewall.html

Microsoft Security Essentials

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/resources.aspx?mkt=en-us&s=1#mainNav

Using your computer's built-in firewall

Many modern computers come equipped with a built-in personal firewall to protect them from unauthorized connections from other computers. The two most common systems today run Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX. Visit the links provided to gain a better understanding of the firewall software and how to use it.

Apple OS X

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1810

Microsoft Windows

http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/firewalls-choosing.aspx

Updating Other Applications

Your computer probably has dozens of programs installed providing a ton of features and tools. These programs need to be kept up-to-date too. Some of the common applications and their associated update procedures are listed below:

Oracle Java

http://www.java.com/en/download/help/java_update.xml#howto

Adobe Acrobat / Acrobat Reader

For Windows

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows

For Mac

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Macintosh