Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials is an alternative to subscription paid anti-virus software. It is available as a free download and runs on the Windows Vista, 7, and XP SP2 or higher operating system platforms. In addition to anti-virus protection, Microsoft Security Essentials also provides protection against malware and spyware.
With the growing amount of malicious software that is imbedded into web pages, e-mails and file downloads, not having an anti-virus software program is a huge risk. While there are many popular subscription paid programs on the market, Microsoft Security Essentials is an added bonus to computer users who are seeking comprehensive protection. The free download includes security status updates and warnings to identify potential threats.
Once the program is installed, it is able to regularly scan all of the computer's files for any suspicious threats. Similar to other full suite anti-virus programs, Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time scanning of Internet files and regular updates for protection against new viruses. Users are able to customize the program's settings and have it perform a full or quick scan on a one-time or regular basis.
If any of the components of Microsoft Security Essentials become deactivated or turned-off, the program alerts the user. A status update shows which components are not currently working and allows the user to turn them back on. The software program also provides a history log of its activities so a user can investigate if any viruses or malicious programs were discovered and removed.
When Microsoft Security Essentials detects a threatening program, it alerts the user to take action. When the user chooses to clean the infected files, the program attempts to remove the virus. The program then launches into a quick scan of the entire computer system to make sure that other files are not infected. Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded from Microsoft's official online web page, under the security and safety center.