Free Microsoft Anti-Virus Application

runs on Windows
screenshot of Microsoft Security Essentials

We all know that it's important to guard against the "bad guys" getting onto our systems. Firewall, phishing, Trojan horse—we've heard all the terms related to system security. You know that you should have an anti-virus tool on your system, but for whatever reason, you just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe it seems too complicated, or you've gotten too many false-positives in the past, or maybe it's just too darn expensive. Well, the 800 pound gorilla in the room just got rid of the expense excuse.

The folks in Redmond have released Microsoft Security Essentials, a free application that can help protect your system against viruses, spyware, and other malware. It's easy to install, and they plan to keep it updated so that you'll be ready for the next nasty thing to come at you. It runs quietly in the background, keeping an eye on the comings and goings of your system, ready to jump on the bad guys before they wreak havoc on your machine. They make it all pretty easy to get up and running, with installation instructions and tips on how to scan your system, and even what to do if the tool finds a problem

Microsoft Security Essentials is a Windows application, and it's free for home use. It's compatible with systems running XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials

2 Responses to “Free Microsoft Anti-Virus Application”

  1. Mary says:

    MS Security Essentials is a very lightweight antivirus and antispyware program. (11.5MB total size on my laptop including the latest signature updates.) This program adds an antivirus module to the already proven Windows Defender antispyware. Drawbacks: slow scans and mandatory participation in the Microsoft SpyNet program (which compiles anonymous user info about online threats.) But considering the price (completely free for genuine Windows users) it’s a good solid program that’s very user friendly.

  2. jitender says:

    very good software

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