Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP (32-Bit) 4.4.304.0

Free and simple antivirus software from Microsoft

Operating system, web browser, media player... Microsoft had everything covered, except for a security application. Until now, with the release of Microsoft Security Essentials. View full description

PROS

  • Easy to install and use
  • Automatic updates
  • Several scan types
  • Light and unobtrusive

CONS

  • Doesn't disinfect files
  • Too basic for expert users
  • No firewall

Very good
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Operating system, web browser, media player... Microsoft had everything covered, except for a security application. Until now, with the release of Microsoft Security Essentials.

After some months in beta stage, Microsoft has launched the final version of its security application, though I have to say Microsoft Security Essentials hasn't changed that much in the final release. It still features a simple, clear tabbed interface with four main areas in which the user can take a look at the system's security status, update virus and spyware definitions, check the history of previously detected items, and tweak the program's settings, respectively.

Microsoft Security Essentials includes three types of scan - quick, full, or customizable. They can be scheduled to run at a give time or particular location, and can be modified to work when the computer is not actually in use. Handily, Microsoft Security Essentials automatically updates its database, and is fully integrated with Windows Explorer and the Windows Firewall. It also boasts a system restore point, in case you need to undo any over-enthusiastic cleaning.

Microsoft Security Essentials is Microsoft's first attempt at a standalone security application for home use. Given its simplicity and suitability for beginners, it probably isn't the best choice for more advanced users or professional network administrators, but for the average user, it covers all the bases. Bear in mind, however, that Microsoft Security Essentials doesn't disinfect files - it only deletes them in case of infection.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a gentle introduction to the sometimes complicated world of home computer security.

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP (32-Bit) 4.4.304.0

— User reviews — about Microsoft Security Essentials

  • abuubakarabdulkarinhassan

    by abuubakarabdulkarinhassan

    "yes "

    Microsoft Security Essentials is the best program in my maine. More.

    reviewed on February 27, 2017

  • dlw1412

    by dlw1412

    "Really The Best! And Free!"

    Low CPU/Memory usage. I have used MSE for five years now, along with Malwarebytes and 9 Lab Removal Tool. Only had a few... More.

    reviewed on December 18, 2014

  • AnnemarieHW22

    by AnnemarieHW22

    "A safe and extremely dependable program for protecting your p.c!i"

    I love it, and I feel it protects my laptop fully. I like being able to scan for viruses anytime I want to and on the f... More.

    reviewed on April 5, 2014

  • carman.canniff

    by carman.canniff

    "Microsoft security is still up loading."

    Don't know yet have not been able to use it yet. Still up loading. More.

    reviewed on February 6, 2014

  • randy.campbell.102

    by randy.campbell.102

    "Attack Back..."

    MSE saved my desktop(my ass.) Why can't those assholes be backtracked??? Why can't I locate their IP address and they ro... More.

    reviewed on December 18, 2013

  • Arjenz

    by Arjenz

    "Bad Malware Scanner, Worst in test!"

    Recetly this program came out worst in a test of free antivirus scanners. Though Windows Security Essentials is one of t... More.

    reviewed on January 13, 2013