Microsoft wheels out free anti-virus protection

Darren Allan

September 29, 2009

Microsoft will officially launch its Security Essentials application later on today.

The program has been under development for over a year now. It’s designed as an easy to use affair, providing basic protection against the major malware threats floating about online, with a light system footprint.

However, it isn’t intended to replace the more heavyweight security suites from names such as Norton and Kaspersky, which feature more sophisticated detection techniques.

Still, being free will definitely put it on many people’s radars, particularly seeing as feedback from beta users seems very positive.

“With Microsoft Security Essentials, consumers can get high-quality protection that is easy to get and easy to use — and it won’t get in their way,” said Amy Barzdukas, General Manager for Consumer Security at Microsoft.

You’ll be able to download the program at: www.microsoft.com/security_essentials






 

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