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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: What are resource usages?
By Etern205 on 9/29/2009 4:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
Avast (free edition) is one of the crappiest AV programs out there and it's a memory hog.
When a threat is detected, unlike other AV where it just shows a popup message, Avast has to go dramatic by adding a radio-active symbol and a nuclear meltdown sound scheme to go along with it.

If a virus cannot be deleted, all it does is just repeat the popup message until you remove the virus maually or to shut the program once and for all is by uninstalling it.

IMHO, Avast (free edition) is useless and there are other free alternatives out there.

RE: What are resource usages?
By jonmcc33 on 9/29/2009 4:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm not too concerned about the 40-50MB it might use when I have 4GB RAM installed. I guess if you were running a PIII with 128MB RAM then it is a genuine concern.

The sound can be disabled and I do agree that it is annoying. I wouldn't say that a program is crappy based upon the virus notice that pops up. That's just pathetic and reaching badly.

I have never once been infected since switching to Avast from AVG - which I might add is in fact a crappy AV program from personal experience.

Other free alternatives, sure. Avira is good although it constantly pops up with an advertisement. Other free alternatives such as BitDefender or ClamWin don't offer realtime protection at all.

PC World did a review and found Avast to be quite good actually.

RE: What are resource usages?
By cyriene on 9/30/2009 12:20:29 AM , Rating: 2
I prefer Avira over Avast. With google as your guide you can find a way to disable the popup ;)

RE: What are resource usages?
By jonmcc33 on 9/30/2009 9:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
Shouldn't need to disable any advertising. If a product is free it shouldn't be adware. That's not to take away it's effectiveness at protecting against malware, just pointing it out.

For someone to say that Avast is crap and point out only that it makes a noise and has a huge warning when malware is detected as reasons for it being crap...that's just pathetic. I wouldn't expect an intelligent response back from that person anyway.

But hey, to each his own. Regardless of what anyone says I will keep using Avast because it has never once failed me and it is completely free. If it does fail me though? It will join Norton, Symantec and AVG as virus programs I used and refuse to ever use or recommend ever again.

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