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Microsoft releases its free antivirus suite

Microsoft first released a public beta of its Security Essentials antivirus suite back in June and it was met with mostly positive reviews. The public beta was only open for the first 75,000 downloaders and that limit was reached rather quickly.

Today, however, Microsoft has released the final version of Security Essentials and anyone running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 can download it for free. Microsoft Security Essentials offers basic antivirus, spyware, and malware protection -- it also offers real-time protection and regularly updated malware signature files via Microsoft's Dynamic Signature Service.

Since Microsoft Security Essentials provides the bare minimum protections for a Windows-based machine, other niceties such as a firewall and multi-PC management are not available. This should appease Microsoft's competitors in the anti-malware software segment.

Those who wish to try out the software can download it directly from the Microsoft Security Essentials website. The download requires that your PC pass Windows Genuine Advantage checks, so only legit Windows users will have access to the software.

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This is a nice change...
By AEvangel on 9/29/2009 11:57:58 AM , Rating: 3
I wonder how Symantec, ESET, & AVG, will deal with this.

RE: This is a nice change...
By Smilin on 9/29/2009 11:59:05 AM , Rating: 5
Go to the EU and sue.

RE: This is a nice change...
By achintya on 9/29/2009 12:03:27 PM , Rating: 5
Go to the EU and cry.

There. Corrected.

RE: This is a nice change...
By jonmcc33 on 9/29/2009 1:44:39 PM , Rating: 5
Not possible because the AV program is not installed by default. Programs that are available after purchase and installation do not qualify for any lawsuits.

RE: This is a nice change...
By zsdersw on 9/29/2009 2:11:06 PM , Rating: 4
That won't keep them from trying.

RE: This is a nice change...
By Spuke on 9/29/2009 3:28:51 PM , Rating: 3
That won't keep them from crying.

RE: This is a nice change...
By Digimonkey on 9/29/2009 2:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm really not sure it matters with the EU. If the other security suite creators can make a case that it hurts their sales, I'm sure the EU would be up for fining MS.

RE: This is a nice change...
By jonmcc33 on 9/29/2009 4:03:28 PM , Rating: 3
The EU has only ridden Microsoft's nads for included applications such as WMP and least AFAIK.

RE: This is a nice change...
By Omega215D on 9/29/2009 9:34:19 PM , Rating: 2
Even the browser ballot thing doesn't appease them. This time it's Mozilla doing the complaining.

RE: This is a nice change...
By jonmcc33 on 9/29/2009 11:22:56 PM , Rating: 1
The EU is pathetic. The only thing I ever use IE for on my computer is to download Firefox. After that it gathers dust. It's like there are a bunch of children over there.

RE: This is a nice change...
By SudeepNP on 9/29/2009 11:53:40 PM , Rating: 2
MS can easily beat their competitors because they are building AV on top of their own OS. It doesn't matter if it's free or not... just don't let MS to make this AV.
Anyway I love free AV.

RE: This is a nice change...
By n00bxqb on 9/29/09, Rating: -1
RE: This is a nice change...
By Donkeyshins on 9/29/2009 12:35:56 PM , Rating: 4
Security Essentials is based on Forefront 2009 - so no worries about being OneCare redux.

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