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Microsoft releases Security Essentials today

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by _Jimlad_, 29 Sep 2009.

  1. _Jimlad_

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    Finally, after a year-long development phase, Microsoft Security Essentials have been publicly released. If you can't wait to get your hands on Microsoft's latest security software, you don't need to wait any longer.

    In June, a public-beta was offered, and the download limit was reached within 24 hours. It will be absolutely free for all users Windows XP, Vista and 7, both in 32bit and 64bit flavors — as long as you have genuine copy. Microsoft will not bundle it with Windows 7, though, when it's released on October 22nd, 2009.

    "Consumers have told us that they want the protection of real-time security software but we know that too many are either unwilling or unable to pay for it, and so end up unprotected," said Amy Barzdukas, general manager for consumer security at Microsoft. "With Microsoft Security Essentials, consumers can get high-quality protection that is easy to get and easy to use – and it won't get in their way."


    http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/09/29/microsoft-releases-security-essentials-today
     
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  2. bledd

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  3. Shadows1990

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  4. _Jimlad_

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    i will still use nod32 on my main system as i have a year to run, however this is a very good free bit of kit, i use it on my laptop and store it on my USB key, for me its the lightest and best free AV i have used.
     
  5. Dano

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    Nice, excellent piece of software in my opinion.
     
  6. Dangerous

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    Guess it will change?
     
  7. _Jimlad_

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    neowin still dont have a link yet and they are pretty shot on this stuff, so just keep waiting
     
  8. brummie

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    i've been using it a while and it seems fine. though i could be virus ridden and dont know about tbh :)
     
  9. Smit

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    Awesome, will be switching to this when my NOD32 runs out in a few weeks
     
  10. m4cc45

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    Been using the beta in the last few weeks. I have to say I'm very, very impressed.

    I had a little warning to say that it had not completed a full system scan a few days ago. I then ran the scan and noticed that it actually unpacked all of my zip files and scanned them. Nothing special you might think. But then it moved on to my ISO's!

    I can't think of a better product for free out there. I hit a few old disks that I knew contained virus's at it and it found them. I don't even notice the resource usage (but then even if it used 1GB RAM I wouldn't really notice that).


    M.
     
  11. mrk

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    It is a very good app, some betas had a CPU resource timing issue but that is all fixed it seems. Will migrate from AVAST to x64 Security Essentials on all my machines shortly.
     
  12. _Jimlad_

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    i ran this on a pc that had avg updated and running, it found loads of spyware and a 2 viruses that avg had spotted. to have this on a usb stick that you can dump on anyone's pc is great for those of us that do call out jobs for all the friends and families under the sun!
     
  13. Schizo

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    just installed it and i like it.

    i don't have any virus software on my pc and when i done a scan it only found one virus which was not important anyway.

    thanks for the heads up op.
     
  14. Dano

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    Where did you download it from?
     
  15. _Jimlad_

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    you can get it from the likes of download and sopedia and then use windows update to get the latest version, however there is no point as these are beta's but tea time tonight the full and final release will be out
     
  16. Django x2

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    I've been running it for a month or so now. It is actually very very good. I had the BETA which quickly got upgraded to the full version within a week or so. Very unobtrusive, seems to be an excellent product.
     
  17. Dano

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    Thought he'd found a link for the official release, have had the beta installed for ages now :)
     
  18. Fanatic

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    Been using this for a while, found it to be pretty good.

    2 issues really: I find it a bit annoying it uses Windows Update for its definition updates, that could be handled within the program itself surely. Second is the MSN file scanning, also annoying when the MSE window pops up after scanning the file.
     
  19. Chaos

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    I was thinking of switching to this from Avast, however correct me if im wrong but apparently Mse dosnt have web filtering cabability like Avast?

    Also Avast version 5 should be out soon with a new interface and an improved anti virus engine.
     
  20. chrisxuk

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    Worth swapping from AVG free 8.5?