Microsoft Security Essentials now available

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jaw04005, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Just thought some of you running Windows on your Mac should know Microsoft is now offering their anti-virus solution for free. I've been beta testing it for awhile, and I have to say it's really light weight and unobtrusive (no stupid pop-ups, etc).

    Try it out if you need anti-virus. I believe it's for XP (32-bit) and Vista/7 (32 and 64-bit).

    Why didn't they do this years ago instead of fostering a market of third-party market anti-virus solutions?
  2. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    I've also been using the beta for a while and it's worked fantastically. It disables Windows Defender but runs just like it (unobtrusive, in the background, only nags you when something's found). I've installed it on several friend's comps who all do a lot of gaming and none of them have even noticed it was there (they do know it's installed, they just forget because it's so low impact). It updates (quite often I might add) around once a day through Windows Update.

    Seriously, it's that good. I ditched Avira (and previously Avast) for it.

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