5 Musts to Help Secure Your Windows OS
Batten Down the Patches. Making sure existing security patches and driver updates for Windows XP are as current as possible is the first step toward adequately protecting your PC. From there, avoiding use of unsecure programs becomes paramount.
- Update security patches: Security Optimizer™
- Update hardware drivers: Designated Drivers™
- Set up a new default browser: Windows Control Panel
- Remove unsecure programs: Advanced Uninstaller™
- Disable unsecure plug-ins: Startup Manager™
How do I update security patches?
Security Optimizer™ finds and plugs security holes in the Windows OS. Run this tool to help ensure your PC has the latest available threat definitions Microsoft supplies.
How do I update hardware drivers?
Designated Drivers™ will help you obtain Microsoft’s existing driver updates, so you’re starting off protected with the latest support offered for your OS.
View an onscreen tutorial for Designated Drivers below:
I’m using Internet Explorer. How do I default to a more secure web browser?
Since Internet Explorer 8 no longer receives the latest security updates, it’s recommended you change your default browser to either Chrome or Firefox, both of which will continue to support Windows XP. You can change default programs in the Windows Control Panel.
How can I make sure an unsecure program is thoroughly removed?
Advanced Uninstaller™ allows you to thoroughly uninstall software, even if the program did not come with an uninstallation function (32-bit OS only). This feature uses advanced techniques to help ensure the complete elimination of a program and all its components. You can use it to remove programs that no longer receive security updates for XP – for example, the now-defunct Outlook Express, as well as Adobe Reader and Flash.
If I still use an app, how do I prevent unsecure components within it from launching?
Startup Manager™ allows you to disable, rather than remove, unsecure plug-ins so they never launch. Since its browser plug-in will no longer update for Windows XP users, you should disable Java from running in the Internet Explorer 8 web browser. You can then run stand-alone Java-based applications without your browser unsecurely running content online.
View an onscreen tutorial that walks you through disabling the Java plug-in for Internet Explorer below:
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