Microsoft has dabbled in about every aspect of personal computing software. Some offerings, like Office, are mainstays in the home and business computer world. Others have been relegated to the ash heap of failed computer programs. Where the new anti-virus and anti-spyware offering Security Essentials falls remains to be seen. Early reports about this new free program from Microsoft have been positive. Microsoft has indicated that the goal of the program is to provide a lightweight anti-virus and anti-spyware solution for millions of Windows users. While the program is free and provides real-time protection for your computer, it doesn't provide the comprehensive protection that other programs in this field provide. If you're looking for a free anti-virus and anti-spyware solution for your computer and don't mind being tied to Microsoft, Security Essentials is worth a look.
- Security Essentials: Microsoft
- Microsoft Releases Free Antivirus Software: New York Times
- First look - Microsoft Security Essentials impresses: ArsTechnica