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Testing out Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft released its new free antivirus utility, Microsoft Security Essentials, today, September 29th, and it does the job adequately, but it snoops into your business and it’s s_l_o_w.

Microsoft Security Essentials is the replacement for Microsoft’s OneCare suite. It’s meant to be an improvement on that older free program, but I don’t any significant difference between the two. Since OneCare is history now, though, that doesn’t matter.

Security Essentials runs on Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 (beta or release candidate) on both the 32 and 64-bit versions. The install program doesn’t automatically pick out the right version of Windows; you’ll have to do that. It’s a small point, but I found it a little annoying, especially since Microsoft makes a big deal of telling you, in the license, that they’ll be checking up on your PC and its programs from time to time without telling you.

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