Everyone’s favourite software company, Microsoft, has released Security Essentials to help detect and repair your computer should it get attacked by viruses.
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software… 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… runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
Now, because this is made by Microsoft, you might not believe all the marketing hype, but early indications are that it is actually quite good, here is TechRadar’s verdict on it:
If you’re not running anti-virus software, you really have no excuse. MSE is free, simple to use- and has been tested by independent anti-malware certification bodies. It may not have all the features of other security suites out there, but that’s really not that important – especially when widespread use of MSE should help make it a safer internet for everyone.
And of course, there are few prices better than free.
Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded from here.
If you’d prefer not to trust your PC security to Bill Gates and his mates, here are some alternative free anti-virus tools:
Remember, with any anti-virus protection, you have to keep the software updated to make sure you’re protected, and make sure that you run regular scans of your computer. Some of these programmes will do quite a bit of this for you, but it still can be useful to keep an eye on things and make sure the updates are happening.
photo credit: Robbert van der Steeg
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