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  • 1.0 stars

    "What is Microsoft Security Essentials Good For?"

    January 16, 2013  |   By mark2870

    Pros

    Very easy to install and use.
    Does not "shout" at you all the time to upgrade or update.
    Is virtually transparent to the user.
    Does not seem to slow down the computer noticeably.
    Claims to provide fundamental protection of your computer.

    Cons

    I have recommended Microsoft Security Essentials as a free anti-virus/antispyware "solution" for several years. Nearly every computer eventually comes back to me loaded with viruses and spyware, and not working. I have tried Microsoft Security Essentials on my own computers, and made sure it was kept updated with current engine and signatures, and I too have had terrible infestations of viruses, tojan horses, and spyware. And, Mircrosoft Security Essentials is rarely able to clean up any of this crap. I have difficulty seeing the benefits of using this product.

    Summary

    Although Microsoft Security Essentials has great usability characteristics, I have not found it to be effective in preventing virus and spyware infestations, or cleaning up the infestations. I wish I could be more positive, but as far as I am concerned, the product is useless.

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