Microsoft Security Essentials – totally free antivirus from Microsoft.

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I’d like to share with you one new program to fill-up our “Antivirus” list. This one has some advantages, which make it the most of use.
Namely, here is the short list of benefits which you receive for free:

  • Freeware, of course
  • Simple installation and usage
  • Multilingual support
  • Regular updates with latest virus signatures
  • Comfortable and almost “invisible” for user – it notifies for your attention only when it is really needed.



But, it also has got some disadvantages:

  • It can be installed and operate only on the machine with genuine Windows OS installation (that is a very important note – install it only if you do operate an activated cope of Windows). Have to say, that if you use notebook, in most cases you do have a legal Windows copy, just because it is supplied to you and preinstalled by Vendor. In case if you are not sure about your operating system – check it please prior to installing MS Security Essentials.

Just as a proof of “Simple installation and usage” – that is all the guidance.

Here are some of my advices about safe internet surfing:

  • You really should use Antivirus software.
  • Do not download and install any soft if you are not sure about source and developers.
  • If you need to install some software – try to use only vendor’s web resources. I.e. – if software’s name is Security Essentials, it is almost for sure that download link will contain program’s or developer’s name (in our case it is http://windows.microsoft.com/ru-RU/windows/products/security-essentials).
  • Do not share your credentials
  • Do not open attachments received from an unknown or unexpected person (or at least check them – the most suspicious are executable files like .exe).
  • Do not trust anyone in Internet (except me, of course :)) – you can easily become a fraud victim.

Best regards!