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Well not exactly. What I really mean is throw it way if you’re paying for it.

When we buy a new computer it usually comes with anti-virus software installed – McAfee or Symantec for example. We get a free license for a certain period and then we have to renew it, at a cost. Most people simply pay and renew since it is usually the simplest option. But there is free anti-virus software that we can use…..

The free version of AVG is one example that people have been using for years. These days, when people ask me, I don’t recommend using AVG because free anti-virus software is available from Microsoft.

Microsoft Security Essentials is an antivirus software (AV) product that fights malware (malicious software), including computer viruses, spyware,  and Trojan horses. The software runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It doesn’t run in Windows 8 which has a security system built in. You can download it for free from Microsoft’s website here.

Like all AV software Security Essentials can be set to update itself regularly, but unlike some others, doesn’t require you to install new versions when they are released. Software updates are done automatically through Windows Update. I’ve used Security Essentials for a couple of years now and had no problems at all.

I recommend it and you will yourself a little bit of money into the bargain

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