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Solutions: Free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus program is good

I have just purchased a new desktop (Windows 7) that comes with 60-day anti-virus program. I have read of your support of Microsoft Essentials and would like to know if this free download will give me the protection I have now.

In looking at the MSN site, I see one should uninstall any anti-virus programs before downloading. I know you have covered this before but cannot find a link to your previous columns.

My recommendation is to uninstall your trial version and install Microsoft Security Essentials from It's as good or better than any other 'pay for' antivirus, it's free and you just 'set it' and 'forget it'. You can find recent Solutions columns at

I have Weatherbug in my system, and I would like to uninstall it. I tried to uninstall it but it will not go away.

You can find uninstall instructions from Weatherbug itself at: You should be able to uninstall through Add/Remove programs. If that doesn't appear as an option, you'll find a manual detailed approach to removing Weatherbug at

How do I get out of Gmail? I just spent quite some time going through their pages and cannot find a way to just close it down.

It's a good idea to formally close down any e-mail account you don't intend on using. Here's how to do it with Gmail (from Gmails help instructions):

1. Log in to your Gmail account.

2. Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of Gmail, then Mail settings, and open the Accounts and Import tab.

3. Click Other Google Account settings in the 'Change account settings' section.

4. Click Edit in the 'My products' section.

5. Click Remove Gmail permanently.

Solutions: Free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus program is good 06/19/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 19, 2011 4:30am]
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