While surfing Microsoft website I found a very interesting security update. It’s a tool called Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, worms, rootkits, trojans and more for Windows XP (x86), Windows Vista (x86 and x64), and Windows 7 (both x86 and x64), free of charge.
The final build has been released on 29 September 2009. I don’t know whether you know about it or not?
I just wanted to share it with you.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free (Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials. ) download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.
As per performance point of view it barely slows down the machine and rarely affects your work. It is based on the Forefront Client Security desktop agent, but solely provides malware detection and removal and lacks centralized management features.
If we look at its reviews:
Brian Krebs of The Washington Post found MSE used 4 megabytes of RAM during testing, even during scans. A “quick scan” took about 10 minutes, and a “full scan” about 45 minutes on an installation of Windows 7.
PCWorld noted its “clear-cut” and “cleanly designed” tabbed user interface. At the top of the main tab, the security status is clearly shown. The other three tabs allow users to manually update MSE, review its history, and change program settings.
You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/SECURITY_ESSENTIALS/default.aspx