How do i know if i have antivirus software on my pc

If you are looking to know whether or not you have antivirus software on your computer, the answer is yes. You do. You probably already have it in place to protect your PC from malware and viruses. You can be assured that you have antivirus software on your PC as soon as you purchased it from a store.

No antivirus software installed on your system? Good. That’s a step in the right direction, but you should already know that leaving yourself unprotected is a terrible idea. Antivirus companies have been encouraging people for years to run their products — free trials that had plenty of time to run out, incessant reminders about new features and so forth. Still, it took until the end of August for McAfee to report that less than half of U.S. households use any kind of antivirus protection at all . A full 44 percent don’t even have a firewall enabled.

To know if you have antivirus software on your PC, you must first know what antivirus software is. Antivirus software is a program that helps protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malicious programs. It works by scanning your computer for any suspicious files and then removing them.

The easiest way to tell if you have antivirus software on your PC is by going to the Start menu and clicking on Control Panel. Once there, click on System & Security and then click on Windows Defender. If Windows Defender is listed under the heading “Security Software,” then it means that you do have antivirus software installed!

If you are using Windows, the best way to know if you have antivirus software on your computer is to open “Windows Defender” in the start menu. If the program is not available in the start menu, it means that it has been uninstalled from your computer.

If you are using Mac OSX, open “Finder” and navigate to Applications>Utilities>Activity Monitor. If a process called “SystemUIServer” is running, you have antivirus software installed on your computer.

If your computer is running Windows 7

Windows 7 includes spyware protection, but to protect against viruses you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free.

To find out if you already have antivirus software:

  1. Open Action Center by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, and then, under System and Security, clicking Review your computer’s status.
  2. Click the arrow button  next to Security to expand the section.

If Windows can detect your antivirus software, it’s listed under Virus protection.

Windows doesn’t detect all antivirus software, and some antivirus software doesn’t report its status to Windows. If your antivirus software isn’t displayed in Action Center and you’re not sure how to find it, try any of the following:

  • Type the name of the software or the publisher in the Search box on the Start menu.
  • Look for your antivirus program’s icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

If your computer is running Windows Vista

Windows Vista does not include virus protection. To protect against viruses, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free.

The status of your antivirus software is typically displayed in Windows Security Center.

  1. Open Security Center by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Security, and then clicking Security Center.
  2. Click Malware protection.

If Windows can detect your antivirus software, it will be listed under Virus protection.

Windows does not detect all antivirus software, and some antivirus software doesn’t report its status to Windows. If your antivirus software is not displayed in Windows Security Center and you’re not sure how to find it, try any of the following:

  • Look for the antivirus software in the list of programs on the Start menu.
  • Type the name of the software or the publisher in the Search box on the Start menu.
  • Look for the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

If your computer is running Windows XP

Click the security icon on the taskbar, or click Start, select Control Panel, and then double-click Security Center.

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. This means that after April 8, there will be no new security updates available through automatic updating for computers that are still running Windows XP.

Also on this date, Microsoft will stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates to protect it.)

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