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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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MSE Consumes too much memory!
By alefsin on 9/29/2009 5:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
I just installed MSE on my W7 laptop. I was happy that the "quick scan" was actully very fast. It even found a DOS virus inside a ZIP file from my old DOS games archive...

However, even when it is idle it is consuming too much memory (more than 110MB!!) and that is right after rebooting the machine. I hope this is a bug in the first release and will be fixed rapidly.

RE: MSE Consumes too much memory!
By Etern205 on 9/29/2009 5:55:08 PM , Rating: 2
On XP it idles at 10MB.

RE: MSE Consumes too much memory!
By kmmatney on 9/29/2009 6:32:23 PM , Rating: 2
I have it on XP, and it is currently at 73M of memory usage. However it does fluctuate, and seem to release the memory when needed. On my laptop, the program taking up the most memory, at 106MB, is the Dell Wireless Lan utility program - what the hell...

RE: MSE Consumes too much memory!
By kmmatney on 9/29/2009 6:34:39 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I've been using MSE for about 6 months and really like it. It has caught a few viruses that I picked on USB sticks (using other computers) and I have no fear of going to dodgy internet sites.

RE: MSE Consumes too much memory!
By alefsin on 9/29/2009 9:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
MSE runs components includeing a service (MsMgEng.exe) which consumes the most memory. Use ProcessExplorer to see how much memory is used by this service.

RE: MSE Consumes too much memory!
By jonmcc33 on 9/29/2009 11:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
OMG! On a Windows XP VM MsMpEng.exe uses 55MB and msseces.exe uses 7MB! It's such a memory hog! That's about half as much as Firefox with 3 tabs open!

Memory is cheap. Go buy some more...

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