Are all your Windows 7 or Vista security settings enabled and up-to-date?

While it is very important to have all the latest Windows Updates and to have a good up-to-date antivirus software installed, it is equally important to ensure that all the security setting of your Windows 7 and Windows Vista are enabled and up-to-date.

Effectively what this means is that you ensure that the following security settings are enabled:

  • Windows Internet Explorer Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7; or SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9.
  • User Account Control (UAC)
  • Data Execution Prevention (DEP)
  • Windows Firewall

You can always check these settings and make the necessary changes manually!

But if you are unsure … or lazy … you can use this ATS solution from Microsoft mentioned at KB969417 and let it fix it for you automatically.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.