Microsoft releases free virus scanner

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Microsoft’s new virus scanner aims for simplicity, but most importantly, it’s free.

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[QUOTE=toaddub;2443901]Here’s a comparison among free antivirus software:

Free Antivirus Software Side-by-Side Comparison[/QUOTE]
Yikes. I’ve been using Comodo on my Vista laptop. :eek:

I was reading somewhere that Norton has been pissed with this move, making a statement about how inadequate all these free antivirus programs (MS included) are… :slight_smile:

I used Comodo Internet Security before on my XP. Its firewall protection is excellent, very configurable, but its antivirus engine really sucks. On every routine scheduled scan, there are lots of false positives on well known programs, including Dvd Rebuilder registration key. Also, it scans extremely slowly and slows down my PC a lot.

I uninstalled it and used Norton Internet Security 2009 (and have the automaticac free upgrade to 2010 which I haven’t installed yet), after reading many great reviews over it. Scanning is fast, no false positives, and no resource hog on XP desktop and Vista laptop.

Together with NIS, I also have Threatfire, Malwarebytes, and Spywareblaster installed. I think these should be enough to protect the system. But these are just too much on my very old PC with 512MB RAM, so I just have Avira, Malwarebytes, and Spywareblaster installed.

Avira is great if you can put up with its annoying popups.

[QUOTE=toaddub;2443949]I used Comodo Internet Security before on my XP. Its firewall protection is excellent, very configurable, but its antivirus engine really sucks. On every routine scheduled scan, there are lots of false positives on well known programs, including Dvd Rebuilder registration key. Also, it scans extremely slowly and slows down my PC a lot… [/QUOTE]
Thanks for the heads up.

[QUOTE=Hemispasm;2443936]I was reading somewhere that Norton has been pissed with this move, making a statement about how [B]inadequate all these free antivirus programs (MS included) are…[/B] :)[/QUOTE]
What are they supposed to say? That’s a typical response from a vendor who just isn’t needed anymore. I will wait until the program is reviewed by an independent source, then I will make my decision on whether to use it or not. I have a 2 year license with KIS now but who know MSFT might have a good product. I for one will follow and see what the outcome is before making any claims. Many of the big companies lease the anti virus engine from Kaspersky or Norton or McAfee, then use it with there own name. This could be one of those instances. Who knows?:wink:

[QUOTE=alan1476;2444032]What are they supposed to say? That’s a typical response from a vendor who just isn’t needed anymore. I will wait until the program is reviewed by an independent source, then I will make my decision on whether to use it or not. I have a 2 year license with KIS now but who know MSFT might have a good product. I for one will follow and see what the outcome is before making any claims. Many of the big companies lease the anti virus engine from Kaspersky or Norton or McAfee, then use it with there own name. This could be one of those instances. Who knows?;)[/QUOTE]

My personal opinion is that MS Windows have come a long way (compared to XP and before times) with respect to security, and I feel they are quite safe per se. I also believe MS has no other option than to take up the task of assuring the best possible security for its product from now on, partly through the addition of this software security suite, to cut down on the final end user cost of its products in these troubling economic times.

MS has already done so by cutting almost half the price for OEM Windows 7. Hence, I strongly believe that companies into the software security business will suffer lots in the near future…

edit: btw I am totally satisfied by the free version of Avast… all you need more than that is some common sense :wink:

Well said Hemi, whenever I build a machine for a friend I always put the free Avast on it before it leaves my house.:wink:

I wouldn’t trust this junk from Microsoft. It’s probably loaded with malware and aggressively triggers false positives on competitors software.

Been using it for a while now on Windows 7 x 2 machines, so far, so good.

Running it since beta it is very nice for free better than avg I think less bloat. But that’s my opinion. There is some banner adblock features in kaspersky that MSE doesn’t have and there’s no addon in firefox that can get them either.

I use Avast and like it. I use to buy into Norton but Avast does just as good IMO. Also, it is best to use a Sandbox for trying out questionable software. Sandboxie is great for basic web browsing stuff. I heard Returnil is good and I am thinking about trying it out for size since it allows you to boot your system into a “virtual” state.

All in all, M$ is jumping into another territory that it hadn’t tried before. bing is a testament to that. Just need to see how it does before jumping ship from our regular software usage.

[QUOTE=AmiWolf;2444392]All in all, M$ is jumping into another territory that it hadn’t tried before. bing is a testament to that. Just need to see how it does before jumping ship from our regular software usage.[/QUOTE]
I don’t know if ‘jumping’ is the correct term. As usual it’s others who innovate and eventually MS assimilates.

Resistance is futile.

[QUOTE=toaddub;2443901]Here’s a comparison among free antivirus software:

Free Antivirus Software Side-by-Side Comparison[/QUOTE]

How on earth did they test this new virusscanner of ms on this part:

Heuristic detection with four-week-old signatures

The product isn’t even four weeks old!

Maybe they had a pre-official release version?

Have to take alook.

Been using AVG Free on most things.

[QUOTE=Mr. Belvedere;2444541]How on earth did they test this new virusscanner of ms on this part:

Heuristic detection with four-week-old signatures

The product isn’t even four weeks old![/QUOTE]

Mr. B, the MSE listed in the tests was a Beta version.
Obviously it has been around for a while.

Yep, beta invites went out mid June and lasted for all of about 12 hours from what I recall before they took the server down and said thanks for playing all, we have enough testers.

The software was available on bittorrent and other means, as usual.

I’ve been using it since beta in June, I think it’s great, small footprint, doesn’t pester, scans quickly. Good product and one less thing I have to concern myself with anymore.