Microsoft recently announced the official name and details of the anti-malware tool it’s been covertly working on. The best part about the tool is that it’s completely free to consumers. The tool looks to be promising which could put more pressure on existing antivirus tool developers to step it up a notch.
The anti-malware tool Microsoft has been currently working on is no slouch as previously rumored to be. The tool will act as a full anti-malware solution that could go toe-to-toe with the likes of Semantics. Dave Jeyes talked about the antivirus tool previously when it was code-named Morro. Microsoft has now announced that the tool will be called the Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).
According to Ars Technica, Microsoft has recently spilled the beans on the details of MSE. Unlike the speculation that the tool will function similarly to Defender, MSE will in fact pack as much punch as a off the shelf tool.
The tool will sport five critical features:
- Remove most-prevalent malware
- Remove known viruses
- Real-time anti-virus protection
- Remove known spyware
- Real-time anti-spyware protection
Microsoft will drop support for the subscription based Windows Live OneCare in order to push the free security solution, which is excellent news. It’s been a long time coming as Microsoft Windows is the most malware prone operating system out on the market currently. It’s great to see Microsoft take responsibility for the safety of its operating system by launching a free antivirus tool.
One of the biggest reasons viruses spread so much is the financial barrier tools such as Semantics offer. Most PC users do not consider purchasing an antivirus tool in hopes that if they are careful it won’t happen to them, which is rarely the case.
If the tool can live up to expectations then this could be a huge blow in the propagation of viruses across the Web. However, the tool has yet to be proven as it preps to enter beta phase and only time will tell if MSE can live up to expectations.