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Microsoft Safety and Security Software

Last Updated: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 > Related Articles

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Learn about free software for Microsoft Window users to help fight viruses and spyware.


As of April 9, 2014, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP. Cox only provides limited support of Windows XP that includes network connectivity and basic settings.

If you require additional support and are using Windows XP Service Pack 3, Cox Tech Solutions may be able to assist. Visit www.cox.com/cts or call 877-TEC-SOLV (877-832-7658) for more information about Cox Tech Solutions' services. This is a fee-based service.

For more information regarding Microsoft’s retirement of Windows XP, please visit Microsoft’s website.

Microsoft offers several free solutions to protect and clean your computer from malicious software and to ensure your computer is secured with the latest security updates. Refer to the following table for descriptions of some of these products.

Cox does not provide support for these products. Refer to Microsoft for additional details.

ProductDescriptionDownload Link
Microsoft Baseline Security AnalyzerHelps you identify missing security updates and fix common security issues.Security Analyzer
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
  • Helps you remove malicious software from your computer. It is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003.

    Note: This tool was compatible with Windows XP through July 14, 2015.
  • After you download the malicious software removal tool, it runs once to check your computer for infection and helps remove any it finds.
Malicious Software Removal Tool
Microsoft Security EssentialsGuards against viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware.

Note: Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, you should uninstall other anti-virus software on your computer. Running more than one anti-virus program at a time could affect your computer performance.
Security Essentials
Microsoft Safety Scanner
  • Provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
  • It works with your existing anti-virus software.

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a substitute for using an anti-virus software program that provides ongoing protection.

Safety Scanner

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