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Microsoft Free Antivirus Set for Rev

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free replacement for the ill-fated, fee-based OneCare. Microsoft is aiming the software at consumers and netbook users who may not need or can't afford a full security suite but prefer not to have their computer fully exposed.

A new rev is coming and, in fact, appears to be in its second beta iteration. This rev will reach out and scan the network, and has a built-in firewall (so does Windows, so I'm not sure I get this feature).

Unfortunately, this new "network inspection system" only works with Vista and Windows 7.

Have you used Security Essentials? If so, what do you think? Share your thoughts with the world by writing to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on July 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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