Microsoft Security Essentials 4.5.216.0

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 4.5.216.0 | ~ 13 MB (Freeware)
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Version 4.5.216.0 of the Microsoft Security Essentials software requires either Windows Vista or Windows 7 as stated in the System Requirements section of the MSE download page. This version no longer officially supports Windows XP as XP users should continue to use an older version of MSE that still runs on XP.

I used to use MSE until it started declining in detection rates at AVtest.org now I use avast and turn on silent gaming mode and use the password protect aswell which stops things from changing/stopping avast without having to input a password

This is hilarious - the one person on here who clearly thinks he knows what hes talking about - clearly doesn't - and he is the only one admitting to using MSE.

warwagon said,
Said no---one----ever

:D

Exactly..............MSE always uses 75-100MB of ram. Just check out any YouTube testing video and you will see MSE fail big time. Panda Cloud actually scored 100% on AVC. Bitdefender Free has the same detection rate as the paid version.

Cedric said,
Where can you find WSA for $5? Thanks.

Its was a Black Friday special on Newegg. Keep your eyes out. Always deals on Amazon and Newegg. My cousin got a 5 user license for $24.99.

If MSE sucks so bad, what is the best free one to use? Avast? I have heard of people having issues with it as well. I don't think there is a perfect anti-virus program out there. Having said that, I've always liked Avast. I have never used the new versions, though. Any good?

mancode20 said,
If MSE sucks so bad, what is the best free one to use? Avast? I have heard of people having issues with it as well. I don't think there is a perfect anti-virus program out there. Having said that, I've always liked Avast. I have never used the new versions, though. Any good?

LOL........Where did you come up with such a preposterous answer? Since when is MSE ranked #1?

http://www.techsupportalert.co...ree-anti-virus-software.htm

http://www.techradar.com/us/ne...-reviewed-and-rated-1057786

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp

http://freebies.about.com/od/c.../tp/best-free-antivirus.htm

GTR707 said,

LOL........Where did you come up with such a preposterous answer? Since when is MSE ranked #1? I think you quoted the wrong person, cause I definitely never said MSE was number 1. I was actually asking which one is the best for free users? I have liked Avast in the past, but am using MSE because it's built into Windows. Never said it was the best, though. I know it's not, but what is the best?

http://www.techsupportalert.co...ree-anti-virus-software.htm

http://www.techradar.com/us/ne...-reviewed-and-rated-1057786

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp

http://freebies.about.com/od/c.../tp/best-free-antivirus.htm

mancode20 said,
I think you quoted the wrong person, cause I never said MSE is the number 1 anti-virus. I was asking which one is?

I am an IT Guru. I would never install MSE on ANY customers pc nor would I recommend it. Panda Cloud, Avast and BitDefender Free are far superior.

My thoughts on AV, if you ask a tech, you will get different answers.
However, you will spot the one's to avoid.

Most people experiences are once they have something slip through, they tend to never trust it again, or get frustrated and vent about it. No AV is 100%. That why I use sites like vb100 to see how certain products are doing. Some rise and fall slowly, and some very quickly.

Myself, I use MSE, however when I did use non-free, I was impressed with Eset's Nod32 myself.

I love how people always say "I have never had a virus when using MSE." But when your av detects something you receive an alert. So just cause your av never alerts you does not mean its working. It also means your using your head and safe surfing. Its virtually impossible to get a malware infection if your just reading emails, looking at the news and posting on FB. MSE will always be the worst av around. Lowest scores on ANY testing site. I have seen MSE on hundreds of infected pc's and MSE says "System is clean".

minoskid said,
Your brain is antivirus. Not needed any kind of this.

Your brain knows all kind of zero day exploits that can be on all pages? Congrats

It heps. Since 1995 I've only had 2 viruses, which I've removed manually myself.
But for quite a few years now, I've run Malwarebytes realtime scanning which definitely will stop that.

wasd- said,

Your brain knows all kind of zero day exploits that can be on all pages? Congrats

Why not? If you know what websites are you visiting and etc.

minoskid said,

Why not? If you know what websites are you visiting and etc.

Ad servers are external on almost all pages and you can control all that

minoskid said,

Why not? If you know what websites are you visiting and etc.

This is the greatest misconception. Most people associate virus to the dark corners of the web. When in fact all it takes is a malicious ad on http://www.yahoo.com to infected 2 million people.

warwagon said,

This is the greatest misconception. Most people associate virus to the dark corners of the web. When in fact all it takes is a malicious ad on http://www.yahoo.com to infected 2 million people.

Thats why I block every ad I can. Its not to take away revenue but you cant trust ads.

minoskid said,
Your brain is antivirus. Not needed any kind of this.

True. I haven't used a real time AV on my PC since Windows 7. All you need is Adblock, Malwarebytes, and common sense. If you are using Internet Explorer to surf, install AdFender. 99% of the time viruses bypass all of these AV programs. I fix many people computers and the people using McAfee, Avast, Avg, Norton still end up getting infected.

minoskid said,
Your brain is antivirus. Not needed any kind of this.

Gotta agree. I do the same. Go to forums that specialise in malware removal, like Geeks to Go or Bleeping Computer, and most people coming in to get cleaned got taken using AV. I would wipe and reload instead of cleaning, personally.

Well, I've been using it since Windows 7 and never got a virus - so bad or good - for me it did the job. I do think it's not the best tool for novice users or heavy torrent/porn collectors.

I know, does anyone use that garbage ? I always said it was absolute junk and people would go nuts arguing with me - it is/was horrible - not as bad as McAfee, but horrible.

T3X4S said,
not as bad as McAfee, but horrible.

is anything as bad as McAfee ?, maybe that Android Virus Shield app protects you better even

the placebo effect is strong

jupe said,

is anything as bad as McAfee ?, maybe that Android Virus Shield app protects you better even

the placebo effect is strong

Several, but may not of heard of any, VB100 shows "QuickHeal" to be the worst. 59% Reactive Rate, 52% proactive rate. It looks like Mcafee didn't want to submit theirs test for the past 3 months.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Consistently among the worst in tests and completely pointless when there are many free MUCH better alternatives.

Have to disagree, I do agree it's fallen and AVG, Aviria do perform better. Last time I've checked VB100, MSE has fallen to about 80% effective. It's still better then nothing.

Jason Stillion said,

Have to disagree, I do agree it's fallen and AVG, Aviria do perform better. Last time I've checked VB100, MSE has fallen to about 80% effective. It's still better then nothing.

Have to agree. It's better than nothing. But that's about it.