I’ll say this about every security app that is reviewed here on Soft32.com – if you don’t have one, get one. Surfing the internet isn’t like the CompuServe days of old back in the 1980’s. Dial-up and access numbers aside, the internet is a complicated place with viruses, worms, Trojans, phishing etc. Navigating it while keeping your personal information private and your data secure isn’t always easy. This is why I really like Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s a anti-virus scanner for Windows, and high on my “must have” list.
Microsoft Security Essentials is built for individuals and small businesses, but it’s based on the same technology that Microsoft uses to protect giant businesses (security products like Microsoft Forefront, the Malicious Software Removal Tool, and Windows Defender). We have a whole team watching for new threats and coming up with ways to squash them.
Microsoft Security Essentials is part of the Windows Live Essentials suite of Windows add-ons from Microsoft. It runs quietly in the background; and uses a red/yellow/green color coding system to denote system safety. You’ll only be alerted when there are specific actions to take. When you’re away or busy, Microsoft Security Essentials can take the default action on your behalf and you can open the program later to review and undo those actions if you wish.
This is perhaps one of the best anti-virus scanners available on the internet today. Period. Its real time scanning engine and automatic updating make this a strong player to begin with. The fact that its free, and that MS is actively continuing to improve and update it and its malware definitions is awesome.