So I have to say, I have tried a lot of different antivirus products because I believe that by knowing what your alternatives are, you can make a more informed decision. Such is the case with Microsoft Security Essentials. And I will tell you up front that this offering from Microsoft is just as good as any of the other more established antivirus/antispyware/antimalware companies out there.
From the product website:
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
In this article on TechRepublic, Mark Kaelin walks you through the steps required to install and configure Microsoft Security Essentials.
Click the link to read more. And seriously, if you don’t have any kind of anti-something on your Windows system… please download and install this.
How do I install and configure Microsoft Security Essentials? | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com