Free AV software from Microsoft


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Sillothian
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Microsoft have just released their freeware antivirus software called Microsoft Security Essentials.

You can get it for XP, Vista and Windows 7 here.
#1 at 02:02:43 - 01/10/2009
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Neat! Might give it a go!
#2 at 10:47:00 - 01/10/2009
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#3 at 10:47:54 - 01/10/2009
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Free until they bankrupt the competition?
#4 at 11:02:59 - 01/10/2009
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Apparently the EULA is draconian, even by MS standards. Got to be better than the antivir nag screen though.
#5 at 11:03:08 - 01/10/2009
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Argh, not if you like grog!!!

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138705/Microsoft_blackballs_pirates_from_getting_free_Security_Essentials_software
#6 at 11:04:41 - 01/10/2009
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? I hear you can get self validating ISO's of XP SP3. If it passes WGC, it should work with this?

Personally, we're fine as our machines actually have proper XP licenses :)
#7 at 11:10:46 - 01/10/2009
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I installed it last night on my XP partition, seems ok so far.

Time will tell.
#8 at 11:28:30 - 01/10/2009
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Installed it last night; seems okay so will allow it to run for a couple of weeks to see how heavy the updates are.

billdoor said:
Got to be better than the antivir nag screen though.

Previously, I was using AntiVir; you can disable the nag screen simply enough...
#9 at 12:01:32 - 01/10/2009
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Antivir also wants to delete network magic as it thinks its a trojan, and no amount of exception adding seems to stop it.
#10 at 12:12:12 - 01/10/2009
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Is this going to be any better than avast ?
#11 at 12:12:40 - 01/10/2009
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Carlo said:Argh, not if you like grog!!!

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138705/Microsoft_blackballs_pirates_from_getting_free_Security_Essentials_software

A umm friend of mine, who will I'm sure buy Windows 7 when he can installed this on his blackbeardy copy of Windows last night and it flew through WGA.
#12 at 22:55:52 - 01/10/2009
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If you install this on XP and were running Windows Defender then you may need to check that Windows Defender has been disabled.

You don't need it with MSE running, but there is a bug with the XP installation of MSE where WD doesn't always get removed. If WD is running then just uninstall it to free up some memory.
#13 at 01:51:59 - 02/10/2009
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Seems like there are quite a few people having the problem of MSE not auto updating. I've installed MSE on three machines and none of them auto update.

Browsing this MS forum it seems that MSE does get not updates through Windows Update like Windows Defender does (and the MSE beta), though it does require Windows Update service to be running.

MSE updates before a scheduled scan, when it detects unusual activity from a file that is not in it's current virus signature or at 8 hour intervals after boot.

I did find a way to force updates whenever you want though in this thread . In the MSE folder there is a program called MpCmdRun.exe. If you run this with the -SignatureUpdate parameter then it will check for updates. Add this to the task scheduler to check for updates as often as you like.

I think I am going to go back to Avast until the updating is properly sorted.
#14 at 23:03:03 - 05/10/2009
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/bump

Just in case the talk of MSE not updating was putting people off here is quick update on my experince with the software.

I left MSE on my laptop while I was dual booting W7 RC and Visa, and it seems it was auto-updating after all. It will only auto-update every 24 hours or when the virus definitions are more than 24 hours old. I wasn't noticing any auto-update activity because I was checking for auto-update activity less than 24 hours after the last time I manually updated the definitions, and then doing a manual update!

In the end I tried leaving MSE to its own devices and it did keep itself up to date. Since it (the Microsoft Forefront engine it uses) scored well in the last RAP test it seems MSE is definitely worth installing.
#15 at 16:57:26 - 25/10/2009

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