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From maintenance utilities and image editing software to security tools and torrent clients, these are the very best free Windows apps.

news - AUGUST 21 15

The Windows Store is full of sleazy apps that could cost you money and system security, and Microsoft may have no solid plans to fix it.

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news - AUGUST 18 7

One of Microsoft's August security patches has been recalled after it was caught giving users the blues ... blue screens of death, that is.

news - JULY 15 3

The XPocalypse isn't so bad: Java updates and security patches on the retired Windows XP OS will continue, says Oracle — at least for now.

news - JULY 9 1

From Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday updates to Adobe's 'Rosetta Flash' fix, here's what you need to know to keep your computer safe.

news - JULY 7 0

Coming at you this week are at least six Microsoft security patches, including two for 'critical'-rated flaws.

news - JULY 7 0

Kinect for Windows v2 is available for pre-order in the Microsoft Store, where users can buy it for $200 and expect it to ship on July 15.

news - JUNE 2 0

Your Windows PC's firewall is a strong defense against malware, hackers and other sorts of Internet nasties. Here's how to turn it on.

news - MAY 16 4

Look out for emails claiming to have 'important company updates' for your Windows PC: they're really harboring malware.

news - MAY 9 8

Windows 8.1 users must upgrade to the slightly tweaked UI of Windows 8.1 Update if they want Microsoft's Patch Tuesday security updates.

news - MAY 1 0

Microsoft has issued security patches for the critical Internet Explorer flaw discovered earlier this week -- including one for Windows XP.

news - MARCH 31 24

Many businesses cling to Windows XP despite the imminent end of Microsoft support. What kind of security problems do they face?

news - MARCH 25 16

Microsoft is offering $100 off new computers for people who need to trade up from Windows XP machines, but there are a few catches.

news - MARCH 4 8

Microsoft will release a free tool called PCmover Express to help XP users transfer files and settings to newer systems.

news - MARCH 3 16

In a brief message on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Microsoft said it would support Windows XP in China past the April 8 kill date.

news - FEBRUARY 20 0

When it comes to encrypting your files, you have a lot of options. Here are a few good ways to encrypt your files and folders.

news - FEBRUARY 14 3

Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office suite have some built-in encryption features. Here's how to use them.

news - FEBRUARY 11 3

Russian researchers reveal long-running cyberespionage campaign that infected Windows, Mac and Linux machines alike.

news - FEBRUARY 3 8

After April 8, Microsoft is yanking support for Windows XP. But what if you can't upgrade? Here's what to do.

news - JANUARY 29 4

A sophisticated Java-based Trojan herds Macs, PCs and Linux machines alike into cyberattack-launching botnets.

news - NOVEMBER 26 7

3D-printer manufacturer MakerBot has released a driver for Windows 8.1, and other companies are soon to follow.

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