Free antivirus from Microsoft a step in the right direction

June 21, 2009

Free antivirus from Microsoft a step in the right directionMicrosoft 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.

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5 Responses to “Free antivirus from Microsoft a step in the right direction”

  1. Lev:

    Who says the tool will be any good ? what is the engine behind the software ? It could be a big flop like so many other anti-virus programs, free or paid.

    I don’t think the Symantec or Kaspersky or AVG or Avira or.. have to worry as long as the program isn’t pushed by force to windows computer by Microsoft (which will uninstall any previous installed anti-virus).

  2. pat:

    it would be great if MSE was a completely cloud-based like Panda. it would take a lot of of the cpu usage

  3. Mike Ferro:

    Not saying if it will be good or not, but the fact Msft is finally trying to address one of the biggest missing components in Windows is a good thing nevertheless.

  4. Aquaadverse:

    Who says it won’t be good? Microsoft having full access to it’s own proprietary code is a big advantage. Defender worked well.

    The biggest security problem is reckless behavior by users. You could have a state of the art alarm system, if you refuse to arm it and left the door wide open it’s not effective.

    People and even admins often get nailed by not applying patches available for months. But the biggest issue by far is running a user account with full admin rights.

    I don’t run Linux as root. OSX requires sudo. The number of people who just turned off UAC because of the irritating way Microsoft implemented it makes me wonder if the public at large will ever use security measures properly.

  5. Don:

    Microsoft’s response to the situation the enable is like hiring a bodyguard to allow you to walk down a dark alley in a $2000 suit with $100 bills hanging out of your pockets. The problem with this approach is that as an add on, there will always be someone, or a group of bad guys, who will get around the add on bodyguard. It’s more bloat to an already boated system. It’s a typical, thoughtless, “Let’s add something!!!” Microsoft approach.

    The solution–something Microsoft can’t seem to figure out–is to make everything safe by design, not by kludge. Apple and Linux accomplish this. Microsoft doesn’t. Their mindset seems to prevent it. No, Apple and Linux aren’t bullet proof, but when a bullet enters they close they hole, not slap yet more bloat. Eventually, the bloat will sink the ship.

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