Microsoft's Free Security Software Launches Today

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jimc52

I am currently using ESET's NOD32 security suite 4.0 and I have no problems with it at all.  I pay for it, but then, ... IT WORKS's.  The problem with Microsoft is that far often more than not, they do a half-baked job
with most utilities.  They are stripped down and so basic that they bore me.  ESET's security suite is not too bad in terms of accessing what one needs to access, the interface is very simple, and the HELP is intelligible.  But what I like most is that NOD32 frequently if not always passes the test with VirusBulletin...the tough, no nonsense, no games-being-played antivirus auditor.  When Microsoft way back decided to jump into the security scene, they bought out a fairly good software, I think it was called Giant something..and that original version was very good!  But then, as always seems to happen with Microsoft software, they dummed it down.  For at least 6 months, I couldn't get Defender to update its definition table.  Then, when they fixed that one, it would work for a while again and then stop updating again...and on top of that, it would scan and not tell you a whole lot about what it did or was doing.  So I gave up on defender a long time ago.  When One-Care came out, I laughed and told myself, I wasn't going to trust my computer security to a half-baked solution.  Along with all the other dummed down utilities Microsoft creates, Defender was about the average half-baked, useless or stipped down solution that Microsoft is so typical of producing.  Here it is October, and I have not downloaded their so called "free" security software.  I may never!  Let's face it, Microsoft has gained a huge reputation in the world for creating stripped down, no frills, common, bland, barely functional utilities...and my experience with the little I have tried, has left much to be desired.  When Microsoft demonstrates via millions of users that they can produce something useable and worth while, I will look at it...in the mean time, I am stick with what I have.

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sybert

Where's the "Tested, Reviewed, and Verdictized"? That's when I'll know whether it's worth downloading or not.

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dreamsburnred

 Onecare was nice but there was no reason to buy it.

 I like MSE its fast, light and simple.

 While AVG/Avira/Avast/Panda free fans may or may not switch this is definatly for people who want little to no options, no fuss, and no all in one zeilious hog.

 Its ment for the (exremly) large market share of people who won't buy, or can't afford a paid security app. Well done microsoft.

 And yes it detects the threats that are out there.

Hoster of http://dreamburnred.blogspot.com

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minimumBS

Microsoft marketing has to improve a lot more before they're going to be able to convince me to buy version 2.0 of something that stunk so bad they killed it off.

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ghot

....to trust microsoft with my comps security.  We definitely need a showdown between MS's offering and the other top of the line AV's.  I think I'll wait on this DL till I hear either a ton of praise from experts....or the baleful cries of those that find that MS has all but taken over their system.

Maybe I'm being cynical, I don't know,  but I've become leery of anything MS doles out for free.  I hope it's a great AV as the world needs a free, fast and compentent AV.

Good luck on this offering MS, and try not to abuse it.  

 

Take an OS, and edit out all the efficiency, and what you have left is a post-XP Microsoft operating system :)

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nekollx

 so you don't like Windows Defender? Windows Firewall?

 

Those are free too....

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Modred189

... or the Zune 4.0 software?

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lhatten

I think a previous post is correct.  We need a smakdown with this new MS program and the free ones.  Also, add in a paid one or two, like Norton and/or or Macafee.  This would be a great service.

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myndflyte

So is this meant to actually replace an antivirus program? I mean that would be great if it is because it's a pretty lightweight program. Or is this something to run along side a different antivirus program?

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nekollx

 it's meant to replace (free) antivirus. I wouldn't give up Nod32 for it though...

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binkievanes

Binkie van Es , netherlands antilles

I have been using this prgram from the beginning and i have nothing but praise, very small footprint and i caught several trojans already before the other program did, in particular from facebook.I am using this now instead of the leader and am fully sattisfied, my advise is to download and use

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Caboose

"Consumers have told us that they want the protection of real-time
security software, but that they are confused by trials and renewals
and concerned about performance and as a result, too many are
unprotected"

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the market that Apple preys on. The group that get confused easily and so flock to Apple, because "thay dont nead seckurity or protekshun!!

 I might actually stick this app on my HTPC and drop AVG from it. If from the sounds of it, it's quiet, unobtrusive, and light weight, it'd be the perfect solution for a HTPC. As long as it can be fully automated and won't bug me.

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Modred189

Downloading and installing on my Acer Aspire one right now. I'll be back with feedback vs Avira.

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Modred189

First- Installation is crazy fast (Windows7 32bit). Seriously, less than a minute and a half. Considering my 1.6ghz Atom, 1.5gb ram and 5400 rpm HDD, that's nice. The scanning speed seems to be on par with avira. WHILE SCANNING, it's only using 2% cpu and 3,100k of memory.

NICE and light. 

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Modred189

Third, I noticed that the progress bars within the program do not integrate into the Windows 7 taskbar's ability to show them behind taskbar icons. Too bad. Would have been pretty slick...

 

Quick scan takes ~2minutes. WOW. 

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nekollx

 we need a new antivirus show down.

On the one hand MS Virus would have intimate knoledge of windows and beable to find aberations easier then a 3rd party

On the other hand it could just be a screen saver for all it is worth.

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foamcup

It's available now.  Looks good, has all the options I want, but I think I'm going to pass on it for now because I already have anti-virus software with a paid license until 2011.

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jtrpop

I have been on the beta since day one on multiple computers, and even back then it was a polished product.  It is small, quick, efficient, and quiet.  So far I have not come accross any viruses for it to catch, but definition updates are released on a daily basis.  It has all the basic features and settings, though no advanced features, but that is not it's market.  It also will not work on servers, and every once in a while it may pop a flag that it has not done a system scan in a while, but normally it is so quiet you don't even notice it.  Overall it is a great antivirus solution for consumers and I am glad Microsoft is taking security seriously.

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Vano

I guess it's not available (yet)? download link is broken...

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dreamsburnred

 Try IE the link seems to work better that way.

Hoster of http://dreamburnred.blogspot.com

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