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Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus application from Microsoft that’s intended for home use only. The program with its fully functional engines was designed to protect PCs running Windows Vista, Windows 7 from various viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans. It provides constant virus protection as well as a real time protection for free and has an on-demand scanner for manual malware checks.Read More
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is a basic software but it has some useful features. For instance, if you have a PC with not a powerful processor, you can limit how much CPU power MSE is allowed to use; thus you’ll be able to work with other programs at the same time. You can also set scans not to run on your PC when it is in use, so the software will wait until your PC finishes its work and then start scanning. Moreover, scanning is scheduled to run on Sundays at 2 am by default, but you can choose any other comfortable day for you or make the program to scan every day.
MSE has the system of integration with the Internet Explorer browser which allows to detect the threat remotely and prevent the infection of the computer through the Internet. However not that many people use this browser. So it’s still an open question why didn’t the developers implement the integration with browsers like Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari.
Besides, MSE works in conjunction with the standard Windows Firewall, which increases the protection level. This program also monitors and analyzes all network activity and prohibit connections.
Microsoft Security Essentials automatically checks and downloads updates for its virus database that are published three times a day. But you can also download these updates manually from the Microsoft Security Portal.
Microsoft Security Essentials has a pretty attractive interface. The green and gray combination doesn’t strain eyes and in overall looks nice and understandable. It feels like the interface was primarily designed for users convenience and this played a major role in the demand for MSE because its simplicity makes this program available to any user.
The interface includes four tabs in the main window. You can see there Update, History and Settings tabs as well as check time of your last scan and whether you have any problems that need to be solved. In addition, you can find an on-demand scan there. That's pretty it.
Microsoft Security Essentials installation is intuitive and will not confuse users. It is important to remember that the product checks your licensed Windows copy during installation.
After downloading and installing Microsoft Security Essentials, you need to provide it with access to the Internet, so that MSE can update its virus database. If the database has not been updated for a long time or just after the installation of the program, the Update button in the window turns red. Simply click on the button to update it.
Cross-platform use 3/5
Microsoft Security Essentials was primarily designed for computers running Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Unfortunately, it’s not supported by Windows XP, Mac OS, neither Linux. Also, this tool can’t work in combination with any other installed antivirus program on the computer.
Microsoft Security Essentials does its work perfectly in keeping viruses and other threats from attacking a clean PC. However, it’s not that good in treating already infected system. Also, it will not be easy to install this antivirus on any PC and can be used only with Windows licensed version.
So, the Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus is an excellent solution for those who is looking for simplicity and ease. It will also be perfect for computers that mostly work offline. Otherwise, you should use more robust protection.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a simple antivirus with a well-designed interface, not a wide range of facilities available, but with a solid basic level of protection.
Pros : easy installation and configuration;
low consumption of system resources;
doesn’t offer to install unrelated software;
Cons : extremely slow scan;
can be installed only with the Windows license;
low detection rate;
Cross-platform use 3.0