Final Version of Free Microsoft Security Essentials tomorrow!


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bjoswald

I have been using this since the beta and I love it. It's quick, light and does a thorough job. I'm very surprised. But for my more paranoid friends, I still recommend Avira.

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mls67

I'm a little lazy right now and didn't read through all of the post's here, but Microsoft just did the final update for me as an auto update from within the program.

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Guest mattburles
Go to the Settings tab - Scheduled Scan and sert it up to run a daily scan at a time of your choosing. Then select the check box below to check for definitions prior to scanning. Then the suite will run the update the definitions daily without having to do it manually.

this still doesn't prevent MSE from putting virus definition updates in the windows update history on windows 7, vista, etc.

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soonerproud
this still doesn't prevent MSE from putting virus definition updates in the windows update history on windows 7, vista, etc.

That wasn't the question I answered, was it?

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Guest mattburles
That wasn't the question I answered, was it?

umm is there a way to prevent the updates from showing up in windows update history?

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Guest mattburles
umm is there a way to prevent the updates from showing up in windows update history?

any takers?

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soldier1st

it still suffers from a major slowness when you access the screensavers even on windows 7 so that sounds like a bug that never got fixed.

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neudera

The download link has been down for hours for me.

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wrack

Just go rid of AVG Free and installed this. About bloody time.

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lamminium

Uses way more memory than Avira even in background. I'll give it a few more days to see if it's as good as touted.

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+Frank B.
Uses way more memory than Avira even in background. I'll give it a few more days to see if it's as good as touted.

It's using 44 MB of RAM for the background process and 2.5 MB for the front-end.

Hardly something to worry about.

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lamminium

I'm still using XP. Its processes take up some 77MB. Avira in background hardly hits beyond 30MB.

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null_

Could someone who is running the RTW/final version of MSE tell me if running an elevated Command Prompt by clicking Start, typing cmd.exe and hitting CTRL-Shift-Enter still causes Windows Explorer to crash? It's a bug from the MSE beta that wasn't resolved in the updated beta build and I haven't bothered to install the final to find out.

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mrk

It seems other AV vendors are trash talking Security Essentials in a bid to downplay the effectiveness of MS' product, which the core itself has been in business security use for years (Forefront) and been very effective too.

Slashdot has the lowdown and as usual, the bulk of sharp and witty comments:

When Pressed, Symantec admitted they were actually describing their own products, burst into tears, and chugged the rest of the bottle of whiskey.

:p

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+Frank B.
Could someone who is running the RTW/final version of MSE tell me if running an elevated Command Prompt by clicking Start, typing cmd.exe and hitting CTRL-Shift-Enter still causes Windows Explorer to crash? It's a bug from the MSE beta that wasn't resolved in the updated beta build and I haven't bothered to install the final to find out.

Works without any crash here. (Using Windows 7 RTM)

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mrk
Could someone who is running the RTW/final version of MSE tell me if running an elevated Command Prompt by clicking Start, typing cmd.exe and hitting CTRL-Shift-Enter still causes Windows Explorer to crash? It's a bug from the MSE beta that wasn't resolved in the updated beta build and I haven't bothered to install the final to find out.

No issues here. 7 Pro x64 RTM with MSE x64.

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dr_crabman
Could someone who is running the RTW/final version of MSE tell me if running an elevated Command Prompt by clicking Start, typing cmd.exe and hitting CTRL-Shift-Enter still causes Windows Explorer to crash? It's a bug from the MSE beta that wasn't resolved in the updated beta build and I haven't bothered to install the final to find out.

Ahhhh, so MSE was causing the crash.... I just tried and it seems to be fixed. :)

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red77stars

Awesome Antivirus. It was about time. Goodbye bloatware called AVG, Norton and other crap.

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bangbang023
It's using 44 MB of RAM for the background process and 2.5 MB for the front-end.

Hardly something to worry about.

More importantly, though, is that it uses more CPU than Avira (my current choice). I tried the beta and CPU usage was over three times that of Avira.

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More importantly, though, is that it uses more CPU than Avira (my current choice). I tried the beta and CPU usage was over three times that of Avira.

Yes, it is quite the CPU Hog . MsMpEng sure does hog a lot of CPU. Its a shame. A real shame. I don't think this AV could run on older machines. At lease not the same machines that could run stuff like avast or avira.

Add the the fact the mem usage is about 85 megs on my windows 7 machine and 62 megs on my Windows XP SP3 server box. I've seen MSE use as much as 117 megs during updates. I wouldn't exactly call that lite. Yes I know Ram is cheap. But we shouldn't be in this mind set of " just throw more ram at it". If people would stop thinking like that we would have a lot slimmer apps.

To be fair i'm running an i7 920 with 6 gigs of ram and feel absolutely no performance effect, but I have felt some sluggishness on older machines. Mostly from the CPU usage.

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Growled

Giving it a run here. No issues that I can see.

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_dandy_
Yes. Windows XP, Vista and 7

Not XP x64.

They'll only get me off of it either when 7 has proper WDM drivers for my ancient Radeon 7500, or I find some PCI card that has 64-bit WDM drivers.

Until then, I'm only using 7 on my secondary machines.

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tom01
Yes, it is quite the CPU Hog . MsMpEng sure does hog a lot of CPU. Its a shame. A real shame. I don't think this AV could run on older machines. At lease not the same machines that could run stuff like avast or avira.

Add the the fact the mem usage is about 85 megs on my windows 7 machine and 62 megs on my Windows XP SP3 server box. I've seen MSE use as much as 117 megs during updates. I wouldn't exactly call that lite. Yes I know Ram is cheap. But we shouldn't be in this mind set of " just throw more ram at it". If people would stop thinking like that we would have a lot slimmer apps.

To be fair i'm running an i7 920 with 6 gigs of ram and feel absolutely no performance effect, but I have felt some sluggishness on older machines. Mostly from the CPU usage.

If resources are such a problem, why use a Anti Virus? Try some thing like SandboxIE maybe?

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Geoffrey B.

is this software something that anyone would recommend as a full time anti virus for their company?

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