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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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By damianrobertjones on 9/30/2009 3:27:21 AM , Rating: 2
Well... I had the perfect chance to test this last night.

A neighbour who has only recently purchased a laptop for his daughter (Cue visits to scary music downloads, malicious ringtone pages and iTunes to slow the machine) pops over. Infected. Anti Virus 2010. Ho-hum.

Avast's sitting there doing nothing and so is malwarebytes. Great. Install this and away it goes. As I move around the hard drive aVast finally jumps into 'A virus has been detected'. etc. Thansk for that Avast.

The MS package locates a rootkit and several other viruses and that's only a small fraction through the hard drive.

As far as I'm concerned, none of us should have to pay for this type of protection. We've already spent the damn money on the pc/os and I'm GLAD that MS has decided to release this type of package. We've been bent over for far too long and the amount of machines I've cleaned makes me SICK while the Virus app sits there doing NOTHING. AVG, AVAST.. don't even mention the larger companies.

(Sorry to mention them)Apple has been smug for far too long and if MS changes that situation, I'm all for it. Level the playing field MS and try to protect yourself from 'stupid' people

"Your computer is infected, click here to clean your pc"

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By jonmcc33 on 9/30/2009 9:35:17 AM , Rating: 2
Wait, you installed two realtime AV programs at once (Avast and MSE)? Who would do that?

In defense of Avast, for me it actually blocked Antivirus 2009 when the advertisement popped up. Now if someone ignores that and proceeds with the install then that is on them.

Interesting though. I will try this out in a VM tonight. Create a snapshot, install Avast and then see if I can find Antivirus 2010. I will see if Avast blocks the pop-up and if I can install it what happens from there.

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By jonmcc33 on 9/30/2009 8:10:50 PM , Rating: 2
Okay, I did my best (see post about testing Avast in a VM) and was either unable to get infected even with all my attempts to purposely get infected (keygens, cracks, etc) or Avast blocked connection to websites altogether. Here are 3 that I stumbled upon that Avast blocked.

WARNING: Visit these websites at your own risk.

So sorry, DRJ, I really don't believe your claim that a computer with Avast managed to get infected with Antivirus 2010. It protected me against Antivirus 2009 once from personal experience. So you really have nothing to stand on.

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