If you are like every other IT person I know you are doing a lot of technical support for family and friends over the holiday season. I thought of that last week and decided to write a short blog post detailing one of the least hyped and most useful items in all of the current Microsoft product offerings.
I’m talking about Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). MSE is a free anti-virus application that will run on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Did I mention it is free?
I’ve been using this on several of my computers for months and it does a good job. I’ve also installed it on friends and relatives computers and, in the cases where there were Trojans or other malware already present, it quickly found and removed the malicious code.
There are a quite a few easily found reviews available if you want to read up on MSE before trying it. This is a quick, easy to install and free (did I mention that it is free?) solution.
It would be really a good thing, this software could be used on Servers, which are MSDN licensed .... Altough for the most testing purposes, you get a cheap Windows Server license and then, you have to spent a lot of money to protect this box. In todays times, it is unlikely, that you do not go into the internet [I am just testing an admin app, which reads webpages and fedds .....].
For a few weeks now, we've been getting a number of people in the office asking about (usually free) spyware/antivirus programs for their new computer. We have been recommending MSE after testing it on a few of our laptops at work. Meagan is using it on her laptop now and I have it on my mac :) when using bootcamp/xp