Final Release - Free M$ Security Essentials

September 29, 2009 at 17:30:24
Specs: Windows 7, E4300/1.5GB
The new anti-virus software was released earlier today & the public download is available to anyone for free.

Microsoft Security Essentials is based on their corporate anti-virus engine & runs quietly in the background without interrupting normal machine usage. I've been running the beta version on my Windows 7 install & it's pretty light, highly efficient & definitely a good replacement for M$ OneCare & IMHO offers plenty enough protection for the typical home or small office PC.

Go grab it!

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#1
September 29, 2009 at 18:30:54
Thanks for the headup but there are couple of caveats:.

1. MSE has no firewall. You have to use Windows Firewall that does not monitor or block outbound traffic.
2. MSE will not install on Windows that do not pass WGA validation.
3. M$ has stated that MSE is not intended to compete with Norton, McAfee, etc, and that it is for people who has no protection.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
September 29, 2009 at 18:38:11
.. definitely a good replacement for M$ OneCare

I disagree. I have been using WLOC ever since I beta tested it for M$. I love it. WLOC is more than just an AV - it has Inboard/outboard Firewall and it also check the machine to make sure your windows updates is not missing any updates and defrag is part of the monthly maintenance. My wife isn't an expert with computers but WLOC intercepted some badies from taking over her PC on many occasions. Her PC is running just fine. There is no software that can do everything WLOC did.

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#3
September 29, 2009 at 21:14:57
"There is no software that can do everything WLOC did."

Thanks for mentioning that, XPUser. That is in fact the reason why M$ decided a year ago to scrap the application. There's a million & one paid catch-all/fix-all applications out there & as M$ must have timely realized: simply putting another cookie-cutter "mechanic" app out; but with a M$ logo didn't actually sweep users off their feet.

FYI ... I did try out WLOC myself but ultimately dropped it because I wasn't overly impressed by the slew of non-security features that it offered & I certainly wasn't going to be paying a yearly subscription for basic protection that I didn't lack, especially when there's also no compelling edge from the application as compared to what I'm using.

Microsoft Security Essentials on the other hand is a nice & tidy little app that adequately addresses anti-malware/virus concerns efficiently & free on top ... can't beat that. I had Avast on the Vista machine & later installed Microsoft Security Essentials to beta test. Its performance on that installation was why I did not even bother installing Avast on the Windows 7 installation.

You know, there's a reason M$ went back to the drawing board on this.

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#4
September 30, 2009 at 06:33:23
Alright - let's wait & see how this offering stacks up against other free AV choices out there.

By the way Which free two-way Firewall would you advise users to use along with MSE?

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#5
September 30, 2009 at 09:55:07
The one thing that puts me off is Windows Updates must be turned on to auto as I understand it , Critical updates fair enough , although I like to close all windows before this happens , but I dread the thought of M$ finding a better driver or something and me booting to a blue screen .

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#6
September 30, 2009 at 17:28:43
"Alright - let's wait & see how this offering stacks up against other free AV choices out there."

Most AV programs are based on good engines, but that alone means nothing if the virus definition aspects are overlooked since that is where the actual protection lies. So far, MSE has surpassed my expectations. I thought I was going to try it & dump it shortly thereafter.

IMHO, it stacks up pretty darn good & can go head-to-head even with some paid AV programs out there. It comes with a highly efficient on-access scanner, the installer is less than 5MB & the footprint -- after install -- is rather conservative, which is consistent with the top free AV tools out there. It protects against trojans & scumware & it also auto-updates everyday ... I believe it runs a check for newer updates once every 8 hours. Now, as far as Jack Frost46's statement that Windows Updates must be turned on to auto for MSE to update, that isn't quite the case.

Yes, MSE does turn ON Automatic Updates, but my understanding is: MSE only does this if Automatic Updates is completely turned OFF on the applicable machine. In the event that Automatic Updates is already ON & pre-configured to any other setting, MSE will retain that setting.

Under Vista/Windows 7, I do not have a third-party firewall. I use a hardware firewall & combine that with Windows firewall & it is adequate enough when properly configured. On the XP machine, I currently have Online Armor, but have used Comodo & Kerio in the past & those are good.

Any of the three from above will do the job, Comodo will probably overdo it & lock too much & that's why I moved away from it & Kerio is good & I had it for a while too, but went with Online Armor because I liked it better as far as configuration options & the fact that it is not as overly agressive as Comodo.

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#7
October 1, 2009 at 08:15:33
Thanks Sabertooth! I think and respect everyone that has offered some good points. For me the most effective firewall is a router that is properly configured. Then if you want a software firewall to monitor outbound/inbound applications can be your choice depending on how much power your computer has.
The real security problem is the user! The user that reacts to popups/malware and clicks OK, Yes, No, or whatever, instead of using common sense. The first reaction of any user should be how did this bogus program that I have never heard of, or installed on my computer detect something on my system, while I am visiting whatever webpage!
If I was looking for a software firewall Comodo would be right at the top for my choice.

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#8
October 1, 2009 at 10:08:01
I agree with capt about those buttons.

The rogue/malware/ransomware software writers thrives on users who panicked & clicks on the YES NO CANCEL buttons. The common sense approach to stop it right there takes only a few keystrokes - ALT & F4 or ALT+CTRL+DEL (in XP or CTRL+SHIFT+ESC in Vista & Win7) to bring up the task manager & safely terminate the popups/malwares via the running Applications tab.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#9
October 1, 2009 at 14:31:31
sabertooth, thanks for the great info. I'm wondering that after watching the video I was told that you cannot use ANY other spyware programs at all? You have to uninstall them from what I heard.
Does that mean that Microsoft Security Essentials is NOT compatable with other spyware progs? I did some research and didn't really find a good answer
Thanks

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#10
October 1, 2009 at 15:06:51
Partially quoted from the Support page of MSE download link HERE:

If you use more than one antivirus or antispyware program at the same time, your computer may experience decreased performance, become unstable, or restart unexpectedly. Before you install Microsoft Security Essentials, you should disable or uninstall other security-related programs.

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#11
October 1, 2009 at 16:41:11
So all the eggs in one basket , It's not that I don't trust your judgement , I do all of you , I have read your posts for years , It's Microsoft have not yet convinced me that they can handle this task .
Perhaps I'm getting to cautious in my old age , after all everything's backed up to an external drive so i could...... .
I think I'll revue the situation on the 22nd of October .

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#12
October 1, 2009 at 19:56:37
I'm still in the dark on this....can't really see how just ONE program can handle all malware????

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#13
December 2, 2009 at 09:30:31
Do we have separate versions of MS Security Essentials for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows ?

Regards

SuatCINI


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#14
December 2, 2009 at 09:39:00
Snicker, snicker...

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