Windows started with Live OneCare, beside an antivirus it had also Back-up and online storage. Live OneCare failed, it never could make a competition against other antivirus software. Since a couple of years Microsoft spend more time for security, before the software leaves the factory it will be controlled intensive. Microsoft corrects all the installed software and has also his own security software. This security software, Microsoft Security Essentials, is free for home use. Actually, Microsoft Security Essentials is a wrong name because it is only fighting against viruses, this software keeps your computer free from all kind of viruses.
Installation of Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials is free to download from the Microsoft website. The installation module is very small and installs the latest updates. The installation may be run on any PC as long as it is not for commercial use. Microsoft want to make the use of legal software more attractive, so this software runs only in a legal version of Windows. The installation key of Windows may not appear on a list of installation keys distributed via the Internet or on multiple computers.
In order to complete the installation, a quick scan will be done for unwanted software. It only scans the known folders and locations of the system for viruses. A detailed scan can be done through the configuration options, which scans all the processes and files. this scan will take much more time.
How to use Microsoft Security Essentials
In the system tray you can see an icon which informs the user the status of the software including the threats. When you double-click on the icon the interface will open. The program is not very complicated with only 4 tabs. 3 tabs informs about the scans, tab 4 is for the settings. In the settings you can set when you want to make the automatic scan and what the program has to do with a certain type of threat. If you want, it can remove the infected file directly. Many antivirus, spyware and malware programs will only place the suspicious threat in quarantine. This is also possible with Microsoft Security Essentials, but this is not standard. The standard recommended action will be configured.
Microsoft Security Essentials scans downloads, archive files and provides real-time protection against viruses that are trying to run or install. It is very important to keep this software up-to-date and have the latest definitions to protect your computer against the latest viruses. Security Essentials updates the software once a day.
Security Essentials has a nice trick, if you install the software with the standard options, you will share the information of the threats which are found on your computer with Microsoft SpyNet. SpyNet use the same technique as Windows Defender, which upload suspicious files for analysis to Microsoft.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus software for computers running on Windows operating systems. It runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Beside the Windows Firewall, Windows Defender is Security Essentials a good addition to the standard security of Windows. The interface is very simple and easy to use. Microsoft Security Essentials is one of the best free antivirus software, which can be compete with AVG Free, Avira, Avast and Ad-Aware.