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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great software for free"

    April 23, 2012  |   By Yoshi363

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    Simple: it is free, it isn't harsh on your computer's RAM, it can set restore points (optional feature), quarantine feature, history, no need to worry too much about definitions as Windows Update can handle the definition updates (you can manually check for them as well), you can also choose whether you want the program to check for definition updates before running a scheduled scan

    Cons

    not as powerful as a few select other competing software

    Summary

    There might have been some things I missed, but really, you get a free security software from a well-known, trusted corporation.

    I've been a user of this software for a long while, I have it installed on my Windows 7 desktop computer and Windows XP laptop, and there is a lot that I love about the software.

    while it is true that you don't get protection that is as powerful as some other security software, you can't complain when you have something free and works great

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent set and forget AV"

    April 20, 2012  |   By c0ded

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    Fast light on resources ,no nag screens easy to use has won numerous awards awarded virus bulletin 100VB awarded ,virus bulletin 4 star awards cleans all virus thoroughly ,no false positives.
    Relaced this free AV with recently expired paid top rated paid antivirus and MSE detected 3 Java exploits it had missed or failed to clean .

    Cons

    You can only do one scan at a time unlike most other Av's where you can do multiple scans this is no big deal just pointing this out .

    Summary

    MSE have come up trumps with this one and it only can improve ,don't think i will buy antivirus software as long as this is doing it's job catching and cleaning malware viruses and trojans knowing it's not going to clean a perfect legit file having the loweest false postive detection of any AV both free and paid.

    Updated on Apr 21, 2012

    AV-Test GmbH did a thorough test of Microsoft Security Essentials, with almost 3200 viruses, Trojans and worms. All files were detected by the AV, even those ones that aren't yet detected and cleaned by other paid AV software. They also tested it for false positives, where an AV points out legitimate software as a virus, and even then MSE passed the test with flying colors. None of the clean files were marked as malicious by it.
    Its ability to detect malware and rootkits has also been praised by AV-Test and they've found no reason to complain so far. Although they want to test it against more sample just to be sure. With lightweight performance, and no nonsense design along with almost next to none useless prompts MSE has really put up a competition to the many popular and mostly useless when needed AV software that not only bug the user but fail to detect many viruses.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this bad Protection"

    April 19, 2012  |   By Oneaboet

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    this very bad protector

    Cons

    60% false detection

    Summary

    canot block another Malware

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wonderful, light antivirus!"

    April 18, 2012  |   By cbbailey9

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    Great protection, lightweight, automatically updates. Can't beat free! Can do a quick scan in <1 min. No adventisements/popups. 64 bit support. Comes directly from Microsoft and works well with their firewall. Small and easy install. Doesn't come with a lot of junk like tons of other AVs do.

    Cons

    Could have a few more features. First time full scan was a bit slow but that's expected. May be an issue for some but not for me but you must have a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Vista

    Summary

    I recently just switched over to this from avast! I highly recommend this antivirus. I've tried Bitdefender, avast!, ESET, Webroot, AVG, Panda, Norton, etc.... but this one really seems to work best for me. If this doesn't tickle your peach I would recommend looking at avast!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply and the best"

    April 18, 2012  |   By darknesss75

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    Best antivirus ever
    no nag screen
    no pop-ups
    MSE +Windows Firewall = best security

    Cons

    Nothing. Is the best.

    Summary

    Unninstall Avast , Avg , Avira , and install the best security of 2012 => MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS !!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better Than I Thought"

    April 17, 2012  |   By ElObomo

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    Just works! No nag screens, no adverts, no constant downloads. Easy up-dates. Using it for over a month and no bad items have gotten through. It uses far fewer resources than I thought - so it lets you surf faster - faster than Avira, Avast, AVG. Pretty much a set-it-and-forget-it program.

    Cons

    Scans run a little slow.

    Summary

    All these so-called AV labs that post reviews of AV software keep writing claiming Microsoft Security Essentials sucks - but who owns them and is paying their bills? And they all post different results. I've found (to my surprise) MS Security Essentials keeps the bad guys out, is easy to use, doesn't bombard you with nag-screens and adverts, and speeds up surfing over the other free AV programs.

    Updated on Apr 20, 2012

    Even these so-called AV "Lab" reviews all showed MSE gave zero false positives. Say hello to your donkey for us.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Software !"

    April 12, 2012  |   By Cold_Ember

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    lightweight, good scanning engine, fast and easy to update, clean looking

    Cons

    lack features

    Summary

    Microsoft wont let their product compromised, so its just good idea to make this great free piece of humble program to protect them from foolish enginners of malwares, thanks a lot microsoft, CNET and beloved seth rosenblatt

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I like it."

    April 12, 2012  |   By Marshall Staxx

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    Simple installation, configuration, and operation. Seems to be as effective as anything else I've used.

    Cons

    Could use a little more documentation.

    Summary

    I'm generally one of Microsoft's tougher critics, but when they finally stepped up to the plate with an A/V, they did Security Essentials right.

    It's easier to install and configure than most, and requires no attention after that, so I like being able to set and forget it on family members' PCs. Formerly a user of Symantec, Avast, and AVG (in that order), Security Essentials is now what I would recommend. Have had it running on three PCs with no problems since shortly after it was introduced.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Free and Fast"

    April 9, 2012  |   By moviegeek65

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    -Free
    -Uses little resources
    -Has quarantine and sets restore points

    Cons

    -Not as effective as Avast

    Summary

    I was using Avast but the newer versions have become bloated and it slows my PC when browsing, I know Avast is more thorough than MSE but I don't visit questionable websites and use torrent. MSE uses very little resources so you hardly notice it when browsing, it also scans your PC fast. Version 2.1 is better than the first version I tried back in 2009, it has quarantine and it scans faster.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No frills top security."

    April 8, 2012  |   By Thered101

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0

    Pros

    Excellent I have used so many different Internet securities I don't know were to start,they have fancy add ons good graphics and so on but they all slow your Computer down and block and stop things working in general.
    This does not it is really good don't waste your time or your money download this and use this only its the Dogs bollocks !!!!!

    Cons

    Absolutely none whatsoever.

    Summary

    This is number one in my book

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