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Microsoft Security Essentials Gets Thumbs Up From Users, Reviewers

Microsoft’s newly launched free anti virus scanner Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) has received a good feedback from many internet users who feel that the package offers substantial protection to those who do not have any antivirus protection.

Also the first reviews of the product by AV-Test.org, an independent testing lab, has also shown it in favourable light compared to other free antivirus applications in the market including the likes of AVG.

The antivirus scanner from Microsoft receives generous praise for avoiding false positive and MSE also measured up well on scan speed while it earned a good score in rootkit removal

In addition the package was also able to detect and block all malware samples against which it was tested. AV-Test.org used malware samples from a WildList, which is a standard test set of malicious programs known to be in circulation.

Most security analysts have welcomed the launch of Microsoft Security Essentials as a positive step that would help reduce the spread of malware

However, many believe it is hardly an alternative to a full antivirus package since it lacks behaviour based tracking mechanism and many other sophisticated features that commercial antivirus solutions typically come loaded with.

Our Comments

Security outfits like AVG or Trendmicro are likely to suffer in the long term if Microsoft decides to launch a premium version of MSE. That said, Microsoft will always have the advantage when it comes to securing its own operating system or browser. It might have been a better solution for the security industry if Microsoft chose to work with it much closer instead.

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