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Free Microsoft Security Essentials 2
Free Microsoft Security Essentials 2

Free Microsoft Security Essentials 2

Probably Microsoft best free product that is actually useful just got updated.

Just a head up!!

Works On Windows XP/Vista/7

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Original Poster

lifehacker.com/571…und

More info on the release which was out in the past few days

Direct link to download as go to deal isn't working

microsoft.com/sec…spx
Edited by: "bob100" 18th Dec 2010

Thanks OP

Windows Vista... would it be a good idea to replace AVG free edition 2011 with MSE2 ? ta

Banned

zermattbusby

Thanks OPWindows Vista... would it be a good idea to replace AVG free … Thanks OPWindows Vista... would it be a good idea to replace AVG free edition 2011 with MSE2 ? ta


it would be a god idea to replace AVG with anything- Its really crap now - seriously!

zermattbusby

Thanks OPWindows Vista... would it be a good idea to replace AVG free … Thanks OPWindows Vista... would it be a good idea to replace AVG free edition 2011 with MSE2 ? ta



Yes, MSE is a lot better.

I use MSE and SpyBot (also free). Had AVG before and it was baaaaad!

Probably only Microsoft product that is useful, works properly and doesn't crash the system or cause conflicts, much.

Thanks Guy's I'll take that as a yes then X) removing and replacing now...

I'd rather have kapersky 2011 for free from my bank:

hotukdeals.com/fre…274

rated far better than MSE

not very good reviews of MSE (v1 at least):

pcadvisor.co.uk/rev…961

but if you can't be bothered to bank with barclays then it seems to be the best free solution out there. but how could anyone not be able to bank a £1 and get Kapersky for FREE forever?

zermattbusby

Thanks OPWindows Vista... would it be a good idea to replace AVG free … Thanks OPWindows Vista... would it be a good idea to replace AVG free edition 2011 with MSE2 ? ta



If you bank with barclays get Kapersky - its a no-brainer as its far better. If you don't want to setup an account there either then yes MSE would be by far & away the best of a bad bunch.

Original Poster

theonlytazman

I'd rather have kapersky 2011 for free from my … I'd rather have kapersky 2011 for free from my bank:http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/get-full-internet-security-suites-l/766274rated far better than MSEnot very good reviews of MSE (v1 at least):http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewId=117961but if you can't be bothered to bank with barclays then it seems to be the best free solution out there. but how could anyone not be able to bank a £1 and get Kapersky for FREE forever?



MSE V1 got rated 4/5 on your link, surely thats good oO

Kapersky 2011 Antivirus got 4/5 too

pcadvisor.co.uk/rev…976



Edited by: "bob100" 18th Dec 2010

Does this work with XP sp3?

Original Poster

Bristle Hound

Does this work with XP sp3?



No only Vista and Windows 7

bob100

No only Vista and Windows 7



Thanks

No, it works with XP SP3 fine - I'm running it now.

will my mse v1 automatically update to v2 or do i have to download the new version,any help apreciated thanks

VerdictThere's a lot to like about Microsoft Security Essentials, but we … VerdictThere's a lot to like about Microsoft Security Essentials, but we were a little disappointed by its malware detection and attack blocking - after all, antivirus software is only as good as its ability to keep your PC protected. Hopefully, Microsoft will bolster Security Essentials' threat-blocking capabilities in a future update, but until then, you'd be better served by going with something having better detection capabilities, such as Avira AntiVir Personal.



That is why I said if you can't be bothered to open up a bank account with barclays, the best FREE security suite is MSE. The boss at my workplace uses it on all all his machines, he can't be bothered paying for software feels they're all rip-off merchants (wonder where he gets that impression from)

I've even recommended MSE to family (again if they can't open up or won't - for whatever reason).

Kapersky rated 3rd best here:internet-security-suite-review.toptenreviews.com/ind…tml
Rated 2nd: pcmag.com/ima…asp

Banned

Also this is very useful if you are not very techie and are having probs with your computer. Microsoft FixIt

Charlie Scene

will my mse v1 automatically update to v2 or do i have to download the … will my mse v1 automatically update to v2 or do i have to download the new version,any help apreciated thanks



Just tried an update and it didn't - I downloaded, although I suspect in a day or two - it'll do so automatically

john-boy

Just tried an update and it didn't - I downloaded, although I suspect in … Just tried an update and it didn't - I downloaded, although I suspect in a day or two - it'll do so automatically



ok thanks for the info will prob leave it a few days and see then.

Download the new version and it asks you if you want to upgrade when you start installing it.

It doesnt actually say anywhere that it's v2

I wonder how it compares with Avira AntiVir Personal - also free, and very effective. Better than AVG these days.

avira.com/en/…nal

Thanks for the heads-up. I'm surprised it has not rolled out automatically for those of us with MSSE v1. Maybe they'll do it in stages to ease the load on their servers? As for whether it works on XP, there are three versions, one each for XP, Vista or W7.

mccririck

It doesnt actually say anywhere that it's v2



But it is. When you install, you can check the version number and it says v2.

mccririck

Download the new version and it asks you if you want to upgrade when you … Download the new version and it asks you if you want to upgrade when you start installing it.



ok thanks mate

inspiral

But it is. When you install, you can check the version number and it says … But it is. When you install, you can check the version number and it says v2.



How do you check the version number?

Ah you click on the arrow next to Help.

Is MSE2 better than Avast, or would I be better continuing using Avast (had no problems with it yet) ?

Avast is pretty good, but personally I use MSE, as I find it the least intrusive & lowest overhead AV/AM program around.

one wonders how the likes of AVG, Avast, Avira etc can afford to pay their employees cos I've never met anyone who's actually paid for their premium version.

I have just installed MSE2 and tried to open Firefox 3.6.13 and it spawn 100+ windows so there is a possible conflict between these progs.

Let us know if anybody else sees any problems - hopefully not another AVG like problem.
Edited by: "Gronich" 18th Dec 2010

bob100

No only Vista and Windows 7



Dont know why your saying this ! It installed on my XP Home with SP3 1st time !

maxmix

MSE2 or Sophos?

I'd use MSE but to be honest I can't stand that smug faced bloke Martin

I never understand comments of how bad AVG is, I have used it for as long as I can remember and I am still 100% virus, crash, bug free, no conflicts with anything i know off and i clock up about 10 hours a day on the pc.

rbquk

I never understand comments of how bad AVG is, I have used it for as long … I never understand comments of how bad AVG is, I have used it for as long as I can remember and I am still 100% virus, crash, bug free, no conflicts with anything i know off and i clock up about 10 hours a day on the pc.



Until recently, and for the past six years, I defended AVG as the best AV, but no longer. Of course it works, but it slows the system down with a lot of useless sub-programs. This was not just the case on one PC, but on all five computers in my house. I moved over to MSE a few weeks ago. I advise you to do so too!

Im very reluctant

Predikuesi

Until recently, and for the past six years, I defended AVG as the best … Until recently, and for the past six years, I defended AVG as the best AV, but no longer. Of course it works, but it slows the system down with a lot of useless sub-programs. This was not just the case on one PC, but on all five computers in my house. I moved over to MSE a few weeks ago. I advise you to do so too!



im very reluctant as ive never had problems and my new pc runs so fast with avg i dont see the need to change or how another program can make it run faster, maybe its the programs i have running along side it, cheers.

theonlytazman

If you bank with barclays get Kapersky - its a no-brainer as its far … If you bank with barclays get Kapersky - its a no-brainer as its far better. If you don't want to setup an account there either then yes MSE would be by far & away the best of a bad bunch.



It's not a no-brainer or far better. I bank with Barclays and have been using Kapersky for years but then I decided to try MSE after upgrading to Windows 7 and I find it's so much better and doesn't hog my system.

i spent years as both a freelance and employeed PC repair tech, removing AVG free (and old versions of Norton!) from idiotic users who just throught "Ohh a free antivirus, that'll be as good as a paid for one" and their 2nd thought is "broadband, time to get Limewire and rape the music scene for free stuff"
and watch their computers slow to a halt, get bogged down and generally defended very badly.

for anyone with no common sense, a full security suite thats easy to use and takes care of itself, like Eset, Kaspersky Norton (from 2009 onwards) is a great idea. set it up and let it run.

some people don't think they should have to pay for software at all, out of principle. principle is tho, do YOU work for free?
why should software designers etc work for free?

slackrat77

why should software designers etc work for free?


Why should I pay to make an operating system safe? I don't buy a car then send it off to get side impact bars and seat belts added at my expense. If the software designers did the job properly in the first place, we wouldn't need them to "work for free".
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