Does my computer have any antivirus software?

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Does my computer have any antivirus software?

Unsure if you have antivirus software? That’s a pretty easy fix. Choose from one of the strategies below to determine if you have antivirus software:

Search among the taskbar icons

1. On the Windows taskbar, hold your mouse over each icon next to the clock. The name of the program represented by the icon will appear. Read the name to determine whether the icon represents antivirus software.

Notes:

  • If you are using Windows 7 and don't see all the icons, click the arrow next to the clock to reveal hidden icons
  • If the program name does not indicate what the program is, double-click the icon to open the program. On the toolbar, click the Help menu, and then click About.

Search in Programs menu

1. Click Start, and then click All Programs or Programs.

2. Review the listed programs for antivirus software.

Search in Add/Remove Programs

To search in Add/Remove Programs in Windows 7/Vista:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2. Click Programs.

Note: If you can't find Programs, click Programs and Features, and then skip to Step 4.

3. Click Uninstall a program.

4. Review the listed programs for antivirus software.

To search in Add/Remove Programs in Windows XP/2000/Me/98:
1. Open the Control Panel.

  • If you are using Windows XP, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  • If you are using Windows 2000/98/Me, click Start, select Settings, and then click Control Panel.

2. Click Add or Remove Programs or the Add/Remove Programs icon.
3. Review the Currently installed programs list for antivirus programs.

Search in Windows Task Manager

To search in Windows Task Manager in Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000:
1. Right-click a blank area on the Windows taskbar, and then click Start Task Manager or Task Manager.

2. Review the listed programs for antivirus software.

To check using AOL System Information 2.0
1. Open the AOL System Information window.

  • If you are using Windows 7/Vista, click Start. In the Search box, type system. Make sure to highlight AOL System Information, and then press Enter. If prompted by the User Account Control window, click Yes or Continue.

Note: If no window appears, check the Windows taskbar for a flashing tab. If you see the flashing tab, click it. The User Account Control window will now appear. Click Yes. Now, the AOL System Information window will appear.

  • If you are using Windows XP/2000/Me/98, click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type sinf, and then click OK. If prompted by a caution window, click OK.

    2. Find the name of the antivirus software installed on your computer next to Anti-Virus in the System Info tab.

    To search in Windows Task Manager in Windows Me/98:
    1. Hold the Ctrl and Alt keys, and then tap the Delete key once.

    Note: If you tap the Delete key twice while holding down the Ctrl and Alt keys, your computer will restart.

    2. Review the list of programs for antivirus software.

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    Last updated: 08-11-2011
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