Wednesday, September 30, 2009

PC SECURITY - Free Antivirus From Microsoft

Microsoft is offering a absolutely free (no subscription, no buy) Antivirus Tool.

Microsoft Security Essentials
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Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus software created by Microsoft that provides protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, and trojans for Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

MSE replaces Windows Live OneCare — a subscription antivirus service — and Windows Defender, which only protects users from adware and spyware. It is geared for home use.

Microsoft is specifically targeting computer users without credit cards, new hardware, and broadband Internet connections.

Note MSE is not intended as a full replacement for other commercial Antivirus products. But for those who cannot afford to buy, and pay subscriptions, to the higher-end tools.

Also, MSE Antivirus Definitions are updated through Microsoft Update, NOT Windows Update. So you will have to upgrade to Microsoft Update via offer on Windows Update dialog.

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