The decisions you make about protecting your computer data, networks and PCs are critical to your company’s success and, often, its survival. So you may have some initial skepticism about the advisability of using free security software.

Be assured that a group of security products available at the Microsoft website are built on the company’s track record of world-class, secure software and technology solutions. Microsoft understands that, especially for small businesses, every dollar counts and every digital document is crucial.

So these security offerings are perfect for SMBs with limited IT budgets and smaller IT infrastructures that need to be managed. I urge you to consider checking out these solutions to gain peace-of-mind regarding your business’s digital security:

Microsoft Safety Scanner: Concerned that you may have a virus? The free Microsoft Safety Scanner allows on-demand scanning that will remove viruses, spyware and other malicious software. This tool isn’t a replacement for antivirus software, so be sure to use it along with an antivirus software product, such as Microsoft Security Essentials.

Microsoft Security Essentials: Ideal for businesses with up to 10 PCs, Microsoft Security Essentials furnishes free, real-time protection to guard against viruses, spyware and other malicious software. It’s simple to install and use, and it always updates itself to protect your PCs against the latest security threats.

Free and easy, safe and sound — a business owner’s life is worry-free with security software from Microsoft.

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