Microsoft Security Essentials: It’s Totally Worth It

I’m the type of person who calls it like I see it. In the case of Microsoft Security Essentials, this is a winner. Yes, you heard me correctly. I like a product that Microsoft makes. That should show you how good it is. Here’s why I like it:

  • It’s easy to install. All you have to do is download the installer, run it and it does the rest for you. It then downloads the latest virus definitions and does a quick scan of your hard drive. Best of all, it is crystal clear about what it’s doing and what it may need you to do. Oh yeah, during the install it will verify that you have a legit copy of Windows, but it won’t ask you to register or anything like that.
  • The user interface is simple and easy to understand. If you see lots of green, you’re protected and everything is right in the world. If you see red, the fit has hit the shan and you need to see what has gone wrong. This is great for novice users.
  • The application is quiet. It only seems to bother users when it actually needs something, such as it finding a virus and user input is required to deal with it.
  • It doesn’t suck a ton of CPU power. Most users won’t know it’s running.
  • It actually works. I tested it with the EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File and it was able to find it and deal with it easily.

My recommendation is that if you want an anti-virus application and you either don’t have one (which is really dangerous IMHO) or you’re running something free, you should at least take a look at Microsoft Security Essentials. Even those who are paying for something might want to take this for a spin as well. It’s free, simple and it works well. You can’t ask for anything more than that.

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