During the start of this year I reluctantly opted to install Microsoft Security essentials rather then renewing my official antivirus which i’d not be naming out here. MSE is a free program from Microsoft available for download on their website. It blocks viruses and spyware. It runs on licensed copies of your Windows OS, it does pretty much what any good anti-malware app should do. It not only automatically downloads virus and spyware definitions; offers real-time protection that scans downloads and attachments, and looks for suspicious file and program activity; and runs unattended scans at a time that works best for you.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

The free consumer antivirus protection is the obvious central focus of Microsoft. They aim to gain mindshare with millions of users who’ll remember them when it comes time to purchase antivirus protection at work. Like any other program from Microsoft, the interface of MSE is simple and orderly neat & clean. I love it as it gives you a very simple interface. The non techy who don’t know much also uses it with ease. As the Security Essentials home screen below indicates, a green icon shows you’re protected:

Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, it is desired that you uninstall any other antivirus software already running on your computer. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause deadlock conflicts. One antivirus treats another antivirus as a virus and thus drastically affects PC performance.

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