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Windows 7: MS Security Essentials. Why is it free?


14 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 home premium with 64 bit
 
 
MS Security Essentials. Why is it free?

Why is this AV program free and how does it compare with Norton? I am looking for a catch here somewhere.


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14 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi.
While I can't answer your question about why they give it away, I can tell you I prefer it to Norton or AVG, and will never use anything else from now on.
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14 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

The catch i think is that you need to have your windows validated as geniune, no modifications of any kind to the operating system, for you to install it for free.
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14 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

There are several free AV programs out there. I prefer MSE to Norton; however, I don't use either of those.
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14 Mar 2010   #5

win7
 
 

I liked and used MSE and would have continued to use it. But last week they changed it to only use windows update. ANDit changed my settings to auto download and install. All without telling me it was going to do that.

I removed it from my system and won't reinstall it.
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15 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Norton/Symantec AV is crap, and this is known by most computer hobbyists. Personally, I prefer Avira, since it's lightweight, thorough, and takes advantage of multiple cores. I switched after a suggestion from a friend after AVG totally overlooked 6 trojans on my old XP rig.
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15 Mar 2010   #7

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 546 Inspiron View Post
Why is this AV program free and how does it compare with Norton? I am looking for a catch here somewhere.
the best explaination IMHO...is here...http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/mse_beta.asp
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Why MSE?

Microsoft created MSE to address a very simple problem: Far too many PCs are unprotected with out-of-date anti-malware products. The company tells me there are a number of reasons for this. First, because many new PCs come with only time-limited security solutions, some users believe they're protected even though the initial subscription period may have ended. Some don't even activate the free, bundled solutions at all. Some--especially those in emerging markets--can't or won't pay for security suites, most of which need to be renewed every year.

Meanwhile, the security landscape is evolving. The impact and severity of security threats is increasing and is becoming more professional, with many malware outbreaks aimed specifically at financial fraud. Security software vendors are constantly adapting their products to meet these evolving needs, but these products are often complex and increasingly address a number of non-security tasks.

So MSE comes into this world and is designed to address the needs of users who are often not protected, for one reason or another. From a broad perspective, MSE works side-by-side with Microsoft's other security technologies, including those built into Windows and accessory products like the Malicious Software Removal Tool, but adding the crucial element of real time protection. It is based on the same trusted and well-regarded security engine that is used by Microsoft's Forefront line of products. It is incredibly easy to install and use. And, perhaps best of all, it is almost completely innocuous: Unlike the OneCare product it replaces, MSE is small and light and runs quietly in the background with a nary a chatty pop-up to be found. Finally, Microsoft has gotten client security right.

Oh, and it's absolutely free. As long as you have an activated, known-good (i.e. "Genuine") copy of Windows XP, Vista, or 7, you're good to go. Microsoft Security Essentials is just part of the package, a perk for users of Microsoft's modern Windows versions. And unlike other free solutions, Microsoft won't use MSE as a vehicle for up-sell. It just does what it does, and it will never prompt you to purchase a Pro version or whatever. There's no registration, no information collection, no annual worry. You install it and forget it, and it keeps you safe.
as for MSE vis-i-vis Norton...free v/s paid etc ....the good...the bad....the rants have had their fare share......read at leisure

Rivals mock Microsoft Security Essentials download - Techworld.com
Can Microsoft Security Essentials beat Norton? | PC Pro blog
Symantec Rant Against Microsoft Security Essentials Backfires - Other security professionals say the product is decent or pretty good - Softpedia
Microsoft Security Essentials? | ESET ThreatBlog
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15 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
Norton/Symantec AV is crap, and this is known by most computer hobbyists. Personally, I prefer Avira, since it's lightweight, thorough, and takes advantage of multiple cores. I switched after a suggestion from a friend after AVG totally overlooked 6 trojans on my old XP rig.
Actually the new versions of NIS is rated as one of the best.
Very low system impact, low false positive rate, and very high virus and spyware detection rate. In fact, it will outperform most other AV suites now.

As far MSE goes, its very good for a free AV. But Windows must be validated and flagged as genuine to install & use it



IMHO:
MSE is good and its free.
Norton does alot better job, with both viruses & spyware and seldom has a false positive.
However, it is obviously not free.

If you are looking for a free AV, MSE is a good choice.
If looking to purchase a suite, NIS 2010 is certainly worth looking into to.
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15 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Reason for free..... It is in MS's best interest to make Windows secure. They have had such a reputation for security holes and viruses that it makes sense.
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15 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
Norton/Symantec AV is crap, and this is known by most computer hobbyists. Personally, I prefer Avira, since it's lightweight, thorough, and takes advantage of multiple cores. I switched after a suggestion from a friend after AVG totally overlooked 6 trojans on my old XP rig.

Yeah.... I'll have to disagree with you on this one. Norton was not up to scratch for a few versions 5 or 6 years ago, but since then have improved tremendously. Being a Norton 360 user since version 1, every edition has improved over the last. Maybe one of the lightest running suites on the market at the moment.



MSE is Microsoft's attempt to clean the net up a little bit. Not everyone can afford a paid suite. I read somewhere Microsoft is really targeting MSE to underprivileged areas of the world so everyone can have some sort of reliable protection.

A good move by Microsoft in my opinion.
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