Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista/7 (64 bit) 4.8.204.0

Free and simple antivirus software from Microsoft

Operating system, web browser, media player... Microsoft had everything covered, except for a security application. Until now, with the release of Microsoft Security Essentials. View full description

PROS

  • Easy to install and use
  • Automatic updates
  • Several scan types
  • Light and unobtrusive

CONS

  • Doesn't disinfect files
  • Too basic for expert users
  • No firewall

Good
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Operating system, web browser, media player... Microsoft had everything covered, except for a security application. Until now, with the release of Microsoft Security Essentials.

After some months in beta stage, Microsoft has launched the final version of its security application, though I have to say Microsoft Security Essentials hasn't changed that much in the final release. It still features a simple, clear tabbed interface with four main areas in which the user can take a look at the system's security status, update virus and spyware definitions, check the history of previously detected items, and tweak the program's settings, respectively.

Microsoft Security Essentials includes three types of scan - quick, full, or customizable. They can be scheduled to run at a give time or particular location, and can be modified to work when the computer is not actually in use. Handily, Microsoft Security Essentials automatically updates its database, and is fully integrated with Windows Explorer and the Windows Firewall. It also boasts a system restore point, in case you need to undo any over-enthusiastic cleaning.

Microsoft Security Essentials is Microsoft's first attempt at a standalone security application for home use. Given its simplicity and suitability for beginners, it probably isn't the best choice for more advanced users or professional network administrators, but for the average user, it covers all the bases. Bear in mind, however, that Microsoft Security Essentials doesn't disinfect files - it only deletes them in case of infection.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a gentle introduction to the sometimes complicated world of home computer security.

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista/7 (64 bit) 4.8.204.0

— User reviews — about Microsoft Security Essentials

  • Larry Toulch

    by Larry Toulch

    "I trust this works"

    I find its great .I had it on my old Toshiba Laptop and Im planning to install it to my Acer chrome book. More.

    reviewed on July 18, 2017

  • Penh Ngeth

    by Penh Ngeth

    "goods"

    it is good for clean virus in my computer no problem in virus . More.

    reviewed on June 29, 2017

  • lalitkumar shrivastava

    by lalitkumar shrivastava

    "microsoft security essential is very good to use"

    Microsoft security essential free has been used by me earlier also and it was working satisfactorily. More.

    reviewed on May 25, 2017

  • Allen Craig1081982644

    by Allen Craig1081982644

    "It's Great to have on my computer!"

    On a scale of 1-10 I give it an 8, because alot of times it's off when PC starts. More.

    reviewed on April 22, 2017

  • manicky

    by manicky

    "peffect "

    good and fast secure my notebook all time its perfect if your out the stark don't know what to do i re commend u start u... More.

    reviewed on April 7, 2017

  • Md Shahid1088733284

    by Md Shahid1088733284

    "Good "

    Good i i heard about this from one of my cousin that is why i want to try it . More.

    reviewed on March 7, 2017