Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up-to-date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you’re free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times. Microsoft Security Essentials is efficient and compact. Scans and updates are scheduled to run when the PC is idle and the software works in a way that your PC is still snappy when you’re using it. All this makes Microsoft Security Essentials friendly for all sorts of computers—your old PC, your new PC, your laptop, as well as your little netbook.

Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.

*Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials.

Download: Microsoft Security Essentials | MSE 64-bit | ~ 13 MB (Freeware)
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Sadly MSE doesn't install onto Windows 8, but defender in Win 8 uses the same scanning engine... The only difference is MSE can scan by right clicking a file or folder or even a drive.

It only updates the virus definitions automatically... but not at the time you set it though, it randomly does it within the hour you set it to. The only way to update without manually downloading is through Windows update.

I hope that helps.

Is this thing always as slow at updating as what I've always seen? Does it actually update on it's own or do you always have to go through windows update or the manual update within the interface?

I've NEVER seen this thing update totally automatically, with no user intervention, and yes, that option IS checked!

I do like it.

And? Some of us doing new systems for a living don't want to necessarily download it over and over. I have a thumbdrive with things like this to save time/bandwidth. Who cares if it is a week late?