How to Find Antivirus Programs on a PC

By Kefa Olang

Anti-virus programs can protect your computer from dangerous threats that can damage your computer. By default, Windows regularly checks for available anti-virus programs on your computer and notifies you when you do not have one, or if your current program is outdated. This ensures that your computer has the right security tools necessary to combat new and existing threats. Find your anti-virus program using the Windows Security Center.

Windows Vista and 7

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Click the button under "Virus Protection." If you have installed an anti-virus program, you should see it listed in this category with its current status and whether it is current or outdated.

Windows XP

Step 1

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

Step 2

Double-click "Security Center" to launch the Windows XP Security Center. Locate the "Virus Protection" section. You should see "ON" if you have an anti-virus program installed on your computer. You should see "OFF" if you do not have an anti-virus program, or if your program is damaged.

Step 3

Close the Security Center when you finish verifying your anti-virus program and it's current status.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider free anti-virus programs such as AVG or Avast if Windows Security Center does not find an anti-virus program on your computer.