Microsoft Security Essentials

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been using AVG Free Edition for virus protection on my home PCs and as a recommendation for friends and family. Just today I learned about Microsoft Security Essentials. This is apparently old news, though, as the product was initially launched in 2009. At the time, it was regarded to be quite poor, but it has become better with time.

It sounds like this is now a legitimate option for free anti-virus protection for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. The anti-virus capability of Microsoft Security Essentials has also been baked into Windows Defender for Windows 8.  However, while Microsoft’s anti-virus solution has improved to a respectable level over the years, an article at PC World suggests that AVG is still the best option for free protection. I may consider Windows Defender for friends and family as they go to Windows 8 since it will likely be easier for them to setup and maintain, but I’m sticking with AVG for my PCs.



AVG Free Edition

If anybody asks me for recommendations on an anti-virus solution, I always point them to AVG. I’ve used it for years and love it. It has a great UI, does a good job detecting and cleaning viruses, and they have a free edition to-boot! The only drawback to the free edition is that it’s so hard to find the download!

If you try to find it by browsing through, it’s near impossible to find. So, the easiest way to find it is to remember this URL:

If you do happen to download and/or install the not-free version, it will prompt you to convert to the free version when you go to uninstall. So that’s another way to get it.

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