Purchasing and using antivirus software for a computer is a real chore. Free software often does not provide adequate protection and even some high dollar applications fail to integrate into Windows. Thankfully, Microsoft has stepped up to plate and created one of the most seamless, and in our opinion, the best antivirus software on the market...all for free.
Even on our slow netbook, the virus scan runs quickly and without rendering our computer useless
Microsoft Security Essentials is a product that you may have not heard of. Microsoft has not promoted Security Essentials the way we think they should. Even more irritating, finding the Security Essentials software is not particularly easy. We suggest just googling it or following the link provided above. We theorize that Microsoft does not include this software in default installations to avoid running afoul of antitrust suits.
We appreciate the easy to use menus and simple layout of Security Essentials
Security Essentials is an easy install and automatically provides real time detection along with the classic virus scan that can be user set to work at certain intervals. Unlike other anti virus software we have used, Security Essentials has simple to understand menus and does not eat significant system resources which is something that we experienced repeatedly with Symatec and McAfee over the years. Even our slow netbook does not seem to choke or slow down significantly when running Microsoft Security Essentials. Since it is designed by Microsoft, it neatly integrates into Windows.