Microsoft Security Essentials is surprisingly excellent

Microsoft Security Essentials is surprisingly excellent
Rating
Overall:

Microsoft's Security Essentials is surprisingly excellent, but has a very big footprint

Performance:
6
Ease of Use:
4

 

When Security Essentials launched, many pundits heralded it as the end of paid security software. Not unsurprisingly, this doom and gloom was a little off the mark, but Security Essentials proved to be a very adept program.
In fact, in the entire testing period, Security Essentials missed only four unique files, putting it ahead of even AVG’s offering. We also looked at other aspects of the new Security Essentials offering. The latest version of the software monitors the Windows firewall, and when we installed it on our test system it applied settings that prevented our attacking PC from connecting or extracting any information. It also changed our Windows Update settings to automatic, which is arguably a good idea, although it’s bad form not to ask the user’s permission.
Apart from that blip, we found Security Essentials very user-friendly. It didn’t raise a peep during our false-positive test and there’s no nagging to upgrade to a paid-for program. Since it doesn’t try to do everything, the front-end is perfectly straightforward. 
Given how little Security Essentials does, we were disappointed to find it was remarkably memory-hungry. When actively scanning it used a whopping 61% of the CPU, out-stripping its nearest competitor. RAM usage wasn’t nearly so bad, thankfully.
The sheer simplicity of Security Essentials remains appealing, and it’s certainly an option for new users or people who like to keep everything in the Microsoft family. But if you can live with a few advertisements, AVG’s free suite has more features and a well-proven track record. 

 

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Comments: 3
Express Computer Repairs
3 February 2012
can Microsoft do any thing right
I held my breath in anticpation many years ago when I heard that this great bastion of IT was making a anti virus product I went to bed at night dreaming of how my little kingdom of Virus and malware removal would be shaken and my money pool dry up as MS finally got its act together and built a product that would finally stop this viral rubbish in it's tracts HA no such luck the product is a best virtual boat anchor to date MS should concentrate it's efforts on fixing up the all the back doors in it's o/s to date and if possible a repair disc that can be run to restore an o/s back to normal after virus damage has been done
can it happen maybe not in this millenium

Darren
Express Computer Repairs


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Microsoft Security Essentials is surprisingly excellent?
Microsoft's Security Essentials is surprisingly excellent, but has a very big footprint

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Eric
29 February 2012
This is really a fake antivirus leading my pc into trouble
sourav_dey
23 March 2012
If you don't want to spend money on antivirus software then the only good choice is MSE. It's damn good.
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