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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Security Essentials test drive — month 6

Conrad Ware asks a question that's not only worthwhile on its own but also lets me give you a six-month update on my real-life test drive of Microsoft Security Essentials.
    "Over the past 20 years, I have used all the big-brand virus and Internet security software: McAfee, Norton, Kaspersky, etc. All of them did a great job doing what they were designed for — and all slowed my computers down to a crawl.

     "I am presently using Windows XP, but I plan to purchase a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Edition and want to use MS Security Essentials on it.

     "Tell me what you can about MS Security Essentials and if it's OK to use as primary protection."

Yes it is, Conrad. After half a year of real-life testing, Microsoft's Security Essentials anti-malware application is batting 1.000. All nine test computers — a mix of Windows 7, Vista and XP systems (including two portables with 20,000 miles of travel) — remain malware- and virus-free.

That's the start of the lead item in my latest Windowssecrets.com column; it went live today.

The rest of that item gives the details of my tests, so you can see if my experiences will reliably translate for your typical uses.

Other items in my column this week:

  • Fixing a broken dual-boot
  • Best updated-driver source
  • Resized XP recycle bin still way too large: 1.45GB!

The full issue lineup: http://WindowsSecrets.com/comp/100916

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