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Microsoft Releases Free Anti-Virus September 30, 2009

Posted by Nikk in Information Technology.
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Microsoft Security Essentials is a free Anti Virus program which detects viruses, spyware, rootkits, and trojans.  The program runs on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.  No registration or renewal, however  in order for it to work your PC must run genuine Windows.   Updates are published 3 times a day via Microsoft Update. There arent any management options so I don’t see it replaceing mainstream AV vendors in the corporate world.The focus of the product is more on the 50 to 60 percent of computer users who don’t have, or won’t pay for, antivirus protection.  After testing the product I found it to be fairly easy to use, intuitive, not very resource intensive and fairly effective.


Stats for 2008 on percent of market share:
Symantec 22%
McAfee   10.9%
Trend    7%
Others 60%

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