Microsoft released today to the public their new Internet Security application, suggestively named Microsoft Security Essentials.
The development of MSE took about 1 year long. Microsoft early announced the cancellation of their paid Windows Live OneCare product to start developing a free solution. Once known as code name Morro, the application sees the light of day today with the name of Microsoft Security Essentials.
I’ve been using MSE since the Beta and I have to say I’m fairly impressed. It works very well, it’s lightweight, something I overly look upon on an security suit application. It has a good integration into the security center of Windows 7 and in conjunction with the new Windows firewall (that can now block outgoing connections) it’s a awesome combination, since both are free (regarding you have a Genuine copy of Windows of course) and light on the system. The User Interface is super simple but it works. Knowing the major target of this application one should easily understand why Microsoft designed it with simplicity in mind.
Finding a trustful and free application to guarantee the security of my computer is something I never overshadow every time I install a Windows Operating System. If you use Vista or anything above you shouldn’t be too worried as this systems prove to be more secure. But if you’re still running Windows XP or below, this is something I strongly advise you to install. I’ve used the free applications from Comodo, Outpost or even AVG, but they’ve all showed not be that reliable and heavier on resources than MSE. So my long run choice is made. Microsoft have made another happy customer.
Download: Windows XP (32 bit)
Download: Windows Vista & Windows 7 (32 bit)
Download: Windows Vista & Windows 7 (64 bit)
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