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    Microsofts excellent free antivirus released today, MSE

    Microsoft Security Essentials, BETA was out mid summer, officially released today.

    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_essentials/

    It's a VERY good antivirus product, I've been using the BETA for months now in cleaning up infested computers, it's doing a very good job at getting current malware threats, and it will only get better.

    Free, free updates, should remain nag free, lightweight on your system too.

    So far the best free antivirus has been AntiVir...very lightweight and excellent in detection. But some people find the interface a bit complicated, and they don't like the advertisements of the free version.

    In my experience in cleaning infected computers, and in reading various other AV comparison articles, MSE is nearly as good in detection...and it's fast getting better with their SkyNet cloud technology.

    For most people who use a free antivirus....I strongly recommend you consider this product.
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again...recently, Microsoft just keeps hitting the ball out of the park.

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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    Thanks for the head-ups Mr. Cat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JawZ View Post
    I've said it before and I'll say it again...recently, Microsoft just keeps hitting the ball out of the park.
    Yeah, got some cool things of late.
    Windows 7 is darned good
    Next version of Office will have a free version.
    I read earlier this week that Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...last year he gave over 4 BILLION to US school systems.
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    I'm getting ready for a OS reinstall soon. I'll give it a try until then.

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    Thanks B. I will add it to my PC. My lappy died and I never got back on with NOD32.

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    I copied and pasted it to the other forum (cooking) and gave you credit for the write up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    I copied and pasted it to the other forum (cooking) and gave you credit for the write up.
    //raises a glass of 3Olives
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    //raises a glass of 3Olives
    I still have some. I will drink one too.

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    so should i switch from free aviria ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    so should i switch from free aviria ?
    6 of 1, half a dozen of the other.
    If you like Aviras interface...and either don't mind the ads, or you disabled the ads....and it runs well on your rig, I'd say stick with it. It has a longtime proven top notch detection.
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    Zing!

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    I know it just came out today but I am just curious if anyone knows if this apps will update more than 1 time a day? If so, will it d/l and install by itself like other programs do?

    thx
    Last edited by 24giovanni; 09-29-09 at 07:10 PM.

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    Tried the beta and the one thing that made me kind of wary was a disclaimer that you couldn't opt out of having it call home when it found a virus or trojan.

    Made me question it enough to uninstall it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    Tried the beta and the one thing that made me kind of wary was a disclaimer that you couldn't opt out of having it call home when it found a virus or trojan.

    Made me question it enough to uninstall it.
    That's a good thing, it's called "cloud technology". It helps the developers learn more about threats. Quite a few other antivirus brands are doing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24giovanni View Post
    I know it just came out today but I am just curious if anyone knows if this apps will update more than 1 time a day? If so, will it d/l and install by itself like other programs do?

    thx
    Right from their main page
    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_essentials/
    "Automatic updates"
    Yup it updates more than once a day...the days of an antivirus updating once a day or just a few times a week are long gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Right from their main page
    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_essentials/
    "Automatic updates"
    Yup it updates more than once a day...the days of an antivirus updating once a day or just a few times a week are long gone.
    thx for that Cat. Appreciate it.

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    Updated to the final version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Right from their main page
    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_essentials/
    "Automatic updates"
    Yup it updates more than once a day...the days of an antivirus updating once a day or just a few times a week are long gone.
    Actually, not sure how true "automatic updates" is. I just looked at the current file time and it said around 1:24 AM of this update. I then clicked update and it loaded a file of 9:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CableDude View Post
    Updated to the final version.
    Yup, my BETA popped right up today with "Update Available"...I clicked it...and a few seconds later...

    "Microsoft Security Essentials Version: 1.0.1611.0
    Antimalware Client Version: 2.0.6212.0
    Engine Version: 1.1.5101.0
    Antivirus definitions: 1.67.178.0
    Antispyware definitions: 1.67.178.0"
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