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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 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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