This has been a magnificent end of the year for Microsoft. Windows 7 is proving to actually be the excellent OS they set out for and now they have AV too! OK so their AV is not so new, but I was reading an article today from LifeHacker.com, all about it and they have really impressed me and several of the leading AV websites. I was actually just talking to my Dad the other day about how it looks as if AVG (my personal fav.) is not making the cut for top performers. Microsoft Security Essentials is doing it and they are doing it big. It detects 98% of the major malware, its not a resource hog, in fact it actually has good marks for being less of a resource user than most. Best of all its FREE, as long as your Windows can pass the “Genuine Validation” you can get it for free from Microsoft. I’ve already uninstalled my AVG and am currently running it on my new Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, mmm mmm good! -Greg
Here’s more on it from lifehacker.com:
When it comes to keeping your Windows PC secure, all of the scare tactics and overblown virus stories out there make it hard to feel safe online. The fact of the matter is that you don’t need to pay for Windows security.From time to time we like to go on long, opinionated rants about subjects that bug us. This is one of those times. So let’s have a frank and honest discussion about Windows security, and leave the scare tactics and FUD for money-grubbing corporate marketers.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a Great Antivirus Application
The release of Microsoft Security Essentialshas changed the landscape of antivirus software. We’ve finally got a completely free application that protects against viruses, spyware, and other malware—without killing system performance like some of the “suites” tend to do. In my personal experience, it barely slows down the machine and rarely affects my work—and during a deliberate attempt to download some viruses (for testing purposes), it immediately found and blocked them from doing anything.You don’t have to take my word for it, however. Not only did AV-Test.org find that it detects 98%of their enormous malware database, but AV-Comparatives(a widely known anti-malware testing group) found that MSE was one of only three productsthat did well at both finding and removing malware, including the leftovers. It was also the only free product to grab their “Advanced+” rating—the top honor for an anti-malware solution.
The more tech-oriented readers will probably note that MSE does not do any fancy heuristics to detect viruses that aren’t in the database already, which is a feature offered by some paid solutions. In my opinion, this feature is usually unnecessary and a massive system drag if combined with a healthy dose of not installing questionable nonsense.