Microsoft releases free anti-virus software

Softwareon October 6th, 2009No Comments

Microsoft has released free anti-virus software, Microsoft Security Essentials, and the initial reviews are very good.  It is very effective at removing viruses and spyware and also has low memory and resource usage.  While this is not an “enterprise-grade” product, it will work very well for home use as well as small business where cost is a factor.

We still routinely recommend Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition for businesses that need more management and control over their distributed software, but we are now recommending Microsoft Security Essentials over AVG Free for home users. Also, AVG Free cannot be used for commercial use, while Security Essentials can.

If you have any older, out-of-date anti-virus software installed, I’d recommend uninstalling it and installing this.