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    News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Microsoft has announced that its freeware anti-malware solution will be made available later today.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    I'll be quite interested to see how this performs against Avast and AVG. As I recall early testing of the Beta showed that it was light on resources, whilst offering good protection.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    I'm also interested to see how this will do.

    I still recommend avg to clients, however more and more I'm being put off it. The installer is adding all kinds of rubbish you have to opt out of. Add to this the bloat and added resources it takes up.

    A good free alternative would be something that would be great.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    if you want to see detection rate check here
    it has same engine and signatures as the microsoft product tested in the link above.
    i may well replace avg with this program tbh. avg seems to miss quite alot on my clients machines.

    I normally reccomend avast as a free antivirus.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Aye - I'm running Avast as well on a few families now.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Just downloaded it and installed on my Win 7 machine, looks good... booted Avast off to make way.

    I haven't had a virus in years, but I'll let you know if I get one!

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    It's interesting, but many of the family quite like the Avast pop-up that tells them the AV db has been updated. Security blanket effect.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordy View Post
    I'm also interested to see how this will do.

    I still recommend avg to clients, however more and more I'm being put off it. The installer is adding all kinds of rubbish you have to opt out of. Add to this the bloat and added resources it takes up.

    A good free alternative would be something that would be great.
    Avast and Antivir are both quite acceptable. However the EULAs - as far as I know, they used to, certainly - state clearly they're for use on one computer at a time in one household. They'd like you to buy further licenses.

    Further, AVG seems to be getting slower and slower with each release - including the free edition. I'd no longer recommend it.

    As for MSE, I shall be giving it a watchful eye but at the moment it's "guilty until proven innocent", or more accurately pointless until proven useful.
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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    AVG misses sh*tloads of stuff. I had to clean [read: wipe & reformat] a friend's PC and ran a few other scanners just for laughs. There were hundreds of infected DLLs, loads of exes, services, drivers, various scareware AV apps, BHOs, DPFs, firefox plugin(s), hidden processes - all from different bits of malware. Crazy stuff.

    I used to spend most of my days at my last job cleaning up infected PCs (Trend Micro AV), and they were really easy compared to this one.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Looks like a nice program. Read quite a few reports that it works very well indeed. A good, free, alternative!

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Been using it since Beta on my main workstation, pushed it across to all the computers/laptops in the house now.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    What's the memory overhead like? Is it bloatware?

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

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    What's the memory overhead like? Is it bloatware?
    I personally found it to be pretty lightweight - for a freebie I was very pleased. So pleased in fact that I moved my parents' machine from Avira to this.

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Any news on detection rates?

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    Re: News - Microsoft Security Essentials launching today

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    Any news on detection rates?
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10...ntials_review/
    Inconclusive I thought.
    Society's to blame,
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