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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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RE: Very nice...
By Maxima2k2se on 9/29/2009 12:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
They won't integrate this into windows. Then the other AV products really would sue lol :)

RE: Very nice...
By Mr Perfect on 9/29/2009 1:44:12 PM , Rating: 4
I really wish they could though. I'm floored every time someone brings me a PC to fix and it either has no AV at all , or has the expired 60 day trial version that shipped with it from the OEM.

RE: Very nice...
By void5 on 9/29/2009 1:45:08 PM , Rating: 2
REALLY interesting question: would removing software component from installation media and making it available as additional download (which of course does not support competitors' OS) qualify as "we are not including this feature in Windows" in a court (or for antitrust watchdogs)?

Guess we will find out soon enough.

RE: Very nice...
By bodar on 9/29/2009 2:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
That IS is essentially what the anti-trust officials want with IE, so it's a silly question. If it came pre-installed with Windows, then yes, people would be crying up a storm.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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