Way way back in November 2008, I talked about the Microsoft Announcement that they would be giving away a free anti-virus client code-named Morrow. Well it’s been almost a year since then and Microsoft has been busy. On ~June 23rd, 2009 Microsoft announced the product name would be – Microsoft Security Essentials and released the product in Beta with free sign-up for anyone interested in trying out the Beta.
The reviews for the beta release were actually pretty good so I signed up (of course) but until now I’ve not had time to get it installed. So, when my new Windows 7 RTM install reminded me that I needed an Anti-Virus product I figured it was time to try it out. Here’s a few shots:
After the Install, I was prompted if I wanted to allow it to download the latest AV / Malware Signatures and perform a quick scan of my system. Sure, why not:
The scan took about 5 minutes and was unobtrusive. This is good since most of my users at work are always complaining about McAfee taking up to much CPU during system scans.
After the scan, I poked around a bit however there were very little customizations which I needed to set. Here’s a look at each of the tabs:
Build Information for Screenshots Above:
Microsoft Security Essentials Version: 1.0.1407.0
Antimalware Client Version: 2.0.5612.0
Engine Version: 1.1.4903.0
Antivirus definitions: 1.63.1316.0
Antispyware definitions: 1.63.1316.0
As I mentioned in my screenshots, the settings are all VERY simple which is what I would expect for a Home product. I left almost all of the settings at their defaults so that was nice as well since chances are, most inexperienced computer users will never tinker with them.
As I get more experience with the tool I’ll be sure to let everyone know. Hopefully however I won’t NEED the Software to clean any Virus infected nastiest. 🙂
Download Link / Beta Signup – Microsoft Security Essentials