Microsoft Security Essentials 4.6.302.0 Prerelease

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 4.6.302.0 | ~ 16 MB (Freeware)
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My experience in IT has shown that not all security solutions are created equal, and neither are users. The only "infections" I have detected on any of my personal computers are from the hack tools I download. If you know what your doing online the risks are really low. So you are able to get away with using MSE (or Defender on Windows 8) along with MBAM Pro.

What's funny is I have a friend who works help desk and I remove infections from his system. After the third time I convinced him to buy MBAM Pro from me and I haven't heard from him since Norton wasn't looking for PuP. (Most traditional AVs do not fight against "PuP" very well, which ARE malware)

2nd'd it's possibly one of the worst things you could use for security on your PC not quite so bad if you combine this with Emet 5.0 but on it's own it's just garbage

There is a variant of shortcut virus that makes MSE look a harmless puppy about to be run over by a truck. Its not effective anymore. I use Avira.

Mr. Dee said,
There is a variant of shortcut virus that makes MSE look a harmless puppy about to be run over by a truck. Its not effective anymore. I use Avira.

Still very effective for me, been using it for quite a while now and haven't gotten a single virus. I still do a Malwarebytes scan just to make sure, but overall MSE/Windows Defender has not failed.

Of course people fail to acknowledge the most powerful anti-virus, common sense.

Raa said,
No issues whatsoever for my customers that want a free solution.

Naturally since it doesn't detect much, they probably think it's doing an awesome job.

Order_66 said,

Naturally since it doesn't detect much, they probably think it's doing an awesome job.


Complete FUD.
I've had MSE pick up stuff that other AV's don't.

The conclusion? No AV is 100%, so you can't fully rely on them.

Raa said,
+1
It's a great program for free. Lightweight, effective and reliable. (Y)

if you have a large file (3-4gb) in a folder, it makes the whole folder take a while to load, thats why i stopped using this

Deyirn said,

if you have a large file (3-4gb) in a folder, it makes the whole folder take a while to load, thats why i stopped using this

Can't say I've experienced that, but i'll have a test of that scenario again and double check!