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Breakthrough Windows Vista™: Find Your Favorite Features and Discover the Possibilities by S. E. Slack, Joli Ballew

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Protect Your Investment with Windows Defender

Some software resides on your computer you might not be aware of. Don’t panic—it’s a good thing. It’s called Windows Defender, and it protects you from malicious and unwanted software, such as viruses, spyware, and worms. These programs can try to install themselves on your computer anytime you connect to the Internet. They perform tasks on your computer without your consent such as popping up with advertising or collecting personal information about you. Scary, isn’t it? Well, that’s why Windows Vista comes with Windows Defender—to give you a good defense against nefarious types who want to hijack your computer.

One way to prevent spyware and other unwanted software from infiltrating your system (sounds ...

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