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Old 30th Sep 2009, 13:54   #1
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MS releases free Security Essentials

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/20...y-essentials/1

Microsoft has released its Security Essentials, a free anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware package for Windows - and reviews are positive.

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Old 30th Sep 2009, 13:57   #2
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Hahahahh. Great move, Microsoft!

I wonder what the EU will have to say about this though.
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 14:00   #3
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I run the beta next to Avast Home. They don't conflict, and MSE is actually less obtrusive than avast...
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on a recent comment from MS, they said they don't wanna compete with full-fledge antivirus softwares.... so maybe thats a good thing. or....
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Why would they be fined? the package is optional isnt it?
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Why all this MS hate since the IE trial? The EU Version of Win 7 is hardly MS' fault, is it? It's free, lightweight, unobtrusive (unlike Norton, AVG, GData, McAfee), there is no renewal ad and it surely won't delete svchoost.dll like Antivir did.
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This is a very good move by MS and since they did well with defender I'll be giving this a go instead of AVG.

It's interesting to note the reason for making your malware suit free:
Home users are a good thermometer for what's going on around the Internet in terms of new new threats and trends. Making it free will gives you a much larger user base from that you can gather data from. This information is then used to make your business proposition more effective which happens to be where the real money is!

I don't think MS are going to get finned on this one because there are already lots of free solutions out there using the free for home users model.
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 15:43   #9
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well, my kaspersky license ran out literally today, so this seems like a good time for me to check this out and avoid another 30 on renewing. Hopefully it will do everything I need and stop me having to pay a third party to fix problems left by MS.
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Sounds good. I'll use that when I build my dad a new PC when Windows 7 comes out.
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Ooh... totally putting this on all the computers at home (cept mine)
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finally, all those people who ask me "what anti-virus should I use" will get an easy answer. GJ MS!
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MS issues anti-viral software for its own operating system. What a joke.
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The only anti-Malware systems I recommend anyone use are:
Sunbelt Software's Vipre http://www.vipreantivirus.com/
Eset's Nod 32 http://www.eset.co.uk/

I haven't personally tried Security essentials but I have heard from the master of security Steve Gibson that it is pretty good. Saying that I would advise going with a company that is specialised in the security industry, Microsoft as we all know isn't the best company when it comes to security.
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I haven't personally tried Security essentials but I have heard from the master of security Steve Gibson that it is pretty good. Saying that I would advise going with a company that is specialised in the security industry, Microsoft as we all know isn't the best company when it comes to security.
Except they know their system in and out, and their program won't delete windows-essential files/settings, they'll also be able to more accurately target infected files and integrate more seamlessly with the OS.
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You make a fair point there sir!
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Well I must say that I tried Windows Defender and didn't perticularly like it. Whenever it was installed on any machine I owned, strange things started happening, random crashes here and there. Also I just found that pay for software was far better at detecting anything as opposed to Windows defender. But yea I will reserve my judgement until I have had experience with this new offering from Microsoft.
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MS issues anti-viral software for its own operating system. What a joke.
Would you care to expand on that comment, maybe offer more than a blanket opinion.
What in particular makes you believe it's a joke?
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I currently use Nod32 but my lisence is due to expire in the near future.

If i pick up Win7 for 30 and the MS security package for nothing I'd actually save money by porting over to a new win7 setup.

Anyoen care to comment on how good this suit is...obv i expect nod to be better, but if this is anywhere near it I'll think about ti seriously.
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