Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Windows Vulnerability Scanner checks your system for security holes

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The primary reason why malwares, trojans and viruses infect a system is because of the inherent security holes and vulnerabilities present in Windows. Virus writers target this vulnerabilities to infect the computer. Microsoft periodically releases patches to fix these security issues present in their operating system, and as a user, it’s important to install these updates to keep your system as safe as possible.

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Windows Vulnerability Scanner is a tool that helps you to seek out unpatched critical security vulnerabilities in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server or Windows Vista operating system. This tool scans the computer and then uses information from the Microsoft Knowledgebase to detect vulnerabilities in the system. Once the scan is completed, it lists the vulnerabilities detected, their risk level and the download location of the patch. It would have been better if the software automatically downloaded the necessary updates and installed it.

Those who don’t use the automatic Windows update and prefer to manually download and install updates, should definitely use Windows Vulnerability Scanner to avoid missing out any critical updates.

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