How to Check for Antivirus Programs on My PC

By Kefa Olang

Windows Security Center is a control panel that allows you to improve your PC's security. It allows you to determine the installation of an anti-virus program, and its status. With the rise in computer threats, running an anti-virus program on your PC decreases the chances of contracting viruses, Trojans, spyware and other malicious parasites. Check for anti-virus programs on your PC, and install a free program if you do not have one.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" menu and click the "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click the "Security" link and click the "Security Center" link to launch the Security Center.

Step 3

Locate the "Malware Protection" section under "Security Essentials." If you see "ON," it means you have anti-virus program installed on your computer. If you see "Off," your computer is not protected.

Download and install a free anti-virus program such as Avast or AVG. After completing the installation, go back to the Security Center and verify your anti-virus program is on.