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Microsoft Security Essentials (Anti-Virus) - Free Download
"... Microsoft announced on Monday that its anti-malware service aimed at offering consumers protection against viruses, spyware and other malicious software, dubbed Microsoft Security Essentials, would become available for download from the company's website starting today, September 29, 2009. "
[Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-to-Release-Security-Essentials-Today-122857.shtml]

About time they released something like this, should really be a default install with windows. I've heard good things about it, going to replace my trusted AVG Free with it today.


Will work on XP, Vista, Win 7.

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I use AVG Free at the moment & never had any problems.
If I were to download & install this should I Un-install AVG ?

Definitely - you don't want multiple antivirus programs running. I wouldn't bother if you already have AVG - it's a very capable program.

I hope its as good as Kaspersky which in my opinion is by far the best Anti virus ever made to date!
My licence is running out soon so will give this a try so fingers crossed!

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noseley;6429394

I hope its as good as Kaspersky which in my opinion is by far the best … I hope its as good as Kaspersky which in my opinion is by far the best Anti virus ever made to date!My licence is running out soon so will give this a try so fingers crossed!



i would say aswell kaspersky is one of the best

May ditch Avira for this, it keeps popping up its a free version and bugging me, although it is good at detecting viri

golderm;6430005

May ditch Avira for this, it keeps popping up its a free version and … May ditch Avira for this, it keeps popping up its a free version and bugging me, although it is good at detecting viri



Microsoft dont have a great reputation for providing security software.

Their One Care product was quietly dropped when it fared so badly in product tests.

I would not rush to drop any other product for this Microsoft offering until you have read some reviews.

ArrBee;6429385

Definitely - you don't want multiple antivirus programs running. I … Definitely - you don't want multiple antivirus programs running. I wouldn't bother if you already have AVG - it's a very capable program.



Why is it bad to have more than one antivirus program running?

katiesam;6430908

Why is it bad to have more than one antivirus program running?


Because they will conflict with each other and slow down your pc.

katiesam;6430908

Why is it bad to have more than one antivirus program running?



Yeah conflicts, also sometimes I think anti-virus programs think each other are viruses. Well that was what happened with my Symantec and the standalone Nod32 I had on my HDD.

no info at all on there site

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Its up. ]Linky --- ]Mirror ----

Being cynical I'd ask why if Microsoft produce an OS that is riddled with bugs and vulnerabilities would people jump to use thier anti virus software? :whistling:

Although MS have improved greatly the title is enough to put me off; "Microsoft" and "security" not being words I associate in a positive light - and "essentials" leads you to think it's a delibrately crippled version tempting you toward the full paid for product.

That said this may be very good - I've not seen any reviews; but I'll stick with my current AV since it works perfectly well.

Edit: Checked out a couple of reviews and it's seemingly not bad. So if you don't currently have an AV or a paid for subscription is ending it's looks worth considering beside other frebies like AVG, Avast and Avira.

Nice one

i cant find it :oops:

wulshaz;6433128

i cant find it :oops:



It's here

microsoft.com/SEC…LS/

Thanks to the OP

PeteYork;6433250

It's here http://www.microsoft.com/SECURITY_ESSENTIALS/Thanks to the OP


thank you and to OP also

time will tell if it is any good

I installed it the other day and it seems very slick and unbloated. Time will tell as to how good it is at detecting threats but so far it seems good and with no noticable slowdown of the PC unlike Symantec crap. I have switched from AVG at the moment to test it out.

I don't really agree with the whole "MS stuff is always bugged". You'll find bugs in all software including Linux and Mac but nuff said on that subject it's just an opinion.

Anyway so far so good. You should deffinatly un-install any other AV software you have as 2 running will cripple the PC as both will be trying to scan the same info and slowing everything down. Infact 2 might cause both to not work properly in the first place too.

The installer (if I remember corrrectly) gets you to confirm you have removed other AV software anyway.

Seems very good so far - might be worth giving it a go rather than slating MS. MS make some mistakes (like anyone) but they are actually pretty hot on security thesedays if you ignore the rusty bucket that was XP.

PCAdvisor gave it quite a good review (updated today). Of the tests performed it picked up virtually all the viruses in the test set giving it a "very good" rating. The only real points they criticised where the slow scan speed (both scan and on-access) and the lack of behavioural detection when an unknown new virus starts tinkering with say the registry or system files. This latter point they did say generally only exists in the internet suit versions of commercial offerings.

Hate to say it but it sounds quite good.

Anyway just bought Norton 2010 which got very good reviews especially for resource usage. May consider it when this runs out, though I want a full firewall, virus and parental control suit for home.

i didnt expect much from this but it found a virus my other programs hadn't (luckily already in the recycle bin). As soon as it found it, AVG popped up and basically said "oh yeah, i found it too......i was just testing the microsoft thing by not telling you yet, honest".

will this work with Windows Defender or will that have to be removed also?

Broxibearz;6452929

will this work with Windows Defender or will that have to be removed also?



Fairly sure it disables Defender when it installs, according to the documentation.

thanks for the clicky PeteYork

Hmmm I think I'll stick with NOD32....

always dubious with microsoft programs, usually cause more problems than they're worth. currently running comodo internet security - completely free and pretty comprehensive (inc anti-virus, internet security, memory firewall, email scanner etc) and never had any problems. will check out the blurb on this though.....

Wouldn't it have been better to spend the time and effort fixing all the security holes in the OS instead of writing yet another security program, of which there are plenty already?

will check it out

I prefer other free scanners, but I guess this one will do the work.

One limitation I'm not sure anyone has mentioned is that it will only install on genuine Windows. I have it running fine under both Windows 7 x64 and x86 on laptop and main PC no problems. Not even found it slow to do anything.

WIndows one arn't usually up to much i'd rather use other 3rd party ones.

Thanx, will give it a go!

CyDoNiA;6455005

One limitation I'm not sure anyone has mentioned is that it will only … One limitation I'm not sure anyone has mentioned is that it will only install on genuine Windows.




HARr HARR, Me thinks those pesky pirates will wont care too much, they'll just steal the virus software aswell.

wombat6025;6432509

Being cynical I'd ask why if Microsoft produce an OS that is riddled with … Being cynical I'd ask why if Microsoft produce an OS that is riddled with bugs and vulnerabilities would people jump to use thier anti virus software? :whistling:Although MS have improved greatly the title is enough to put me off; "Microsoft" and "security" not being words I associate in a positive light - and "essentials" leads you to think it's a delibrately crippled version tempting you toward the full paid for product. That said this may be very good - I've not seen any reviews; but I'll stick with my current AV since it works perfectly well.Edit: Checked out a couple of reviews and it's seemingly not bad. So if you don't currently have an AV or a paid for subscription is ending it's looks worth considering beside other frebies like AVG, Avast and Avira.



I agree with this, Windows can be very buggy. However, I left Windows 7 running without any AV for several months and there have been no attacks so i think they are going in right direction with the defender software.

Personally I would reccomend Avira as, yes the popups can be annoying, but the AV engine outstrips the AVG and you get basically the same product as the pro version.
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Steer clear of this. The number one target for virus is anything to do with microsoft. Use this and you are asking for trouble. All eggs in one basket that's full of holes and the target of vandals and theives

blackadr;6454048

Wouldn't it have been better to spend the time and effort fixing all the … Wouldn't it have been better to spend the time and effort fixing all the security holes in the OS instead of writing yet another security program, of which there are plenty already?


I don't think you quite understand viruses. You can't right an OS to differentiate between legitimate programs and viruses. It's ignorance and misunderstanding like this that will continue to make Mac's a popular choice for the unwashed masses.

JIM1973ANDREWS;6466729

Steer clear of this. The number one target for virus is anything to do … Steer clear of this. The number one target for virus is anything to do with microsoft. Use this and you are asking for trouble. All eggs in one basket that's full of holes and the target of vandals and theives


WTF?

306maxi;6467898

I don't think you quite understand viruses. You can't right an OS to … I don't think you quite understand viruses. You can't right an OS to differentiate between legitimate programs and viruses. It's ignorance and misunderstanding like this that will continue to make Mac's a popular choice for the unwashed masses.



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