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Join the fight against viruses, phishing, and spam

Hackers, phishers, spammers, virus spreaders: Depending on their skill level, they can be anywhere from merely annoying to downright dangerous, looking to damage your PC or steal your identity.

Fight back. Help the online community by submitting malware, spam, and phishing scams you encounter to Microsoft. We'll examine them and use what we learn to strengthen and improve the tools we offer to protect everyone from these threats.

And you can rest assured: All submissions are anonymous, and any information collected is kept secure and confidential and is not used by Microsoft for any other purpose.

Here are a few ways you can help make the Internet safer for everyone:


Get a free PC scan!

Find and fix safety and health issues on your PC now.

What does it mean?

Short for "malicious software."

Submit viruses and spyware

When you finish running a full-service or quick Windows Live OneCare safety scan, you'll have an opportunity to submit any infected files to Microsoft for further investigation. Look for the "Share information with Microsoft" checkbox on the Summary page. The information you share will help us counteract future threats, improve scanner features, and make better PC health recommendations. Learn more about information collected by the Windows Live OneCare safety scanner.

Avoid Phishing Scams

Read more about phishing, including what to do if you think you've been the victim of a phishing scam and want to report it to the proper authorities.

Report and delete spam

If you're using Windows Live Mail, you can report spam with one click. Anytime you receive an e-mail from an unknown source, you'll see a "Report & Delete" link above the e-mail window. Clicking this link deletes the message, reports the sender's address to Microsoft, and blocks further e-mail from that address.

Even if you're using another e-mail program, you can still fight back against spam. Learn more about what you can do if you've received spam and how to prevent it from reaching your inbox in the future.


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