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    Talking Review : Microsoft Security Essentials [ MSE ]

    I am not an expert, This is a amateur Review only. So please take this for informational Purpose only.

    Product Reviewing
    Microsoft Security Essentials Version: 1.0.2498.0
    Antimalware Client Version: 2.1.6805.0
    Engine Version: 1.1.6402.0
    Antivirus definitions: 1.95.333.0
    Antispyware definitions: 1.95.333.0


    Test Environment :
    Win7 Ultimate 32-bit (fully patched)
    Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    3 GB Ram and 160 GB SATA HDD.

    Currently Installed Apps
    Microsoft Security Essentials [MSE]
    Comodo Firewall
    Winpatrol
    SAS and MBAM on demand.

    Description
    Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus software available for Genuine Windows OS. Its Small in Size but packed with performance. Its real-time protection guards your PC 24*7 for Virus, Spyware and other malicious object.
    Note : You Should be running Genuine Windows OS to install MSE.

    Installation
    MSE is small in Size the installer size is around 8 MB. just few clicks to install, It Hardly takes 20 to 30 seconds to install. While installing it will check if you are running Genuine Windows OS if not then install fails.
    Download MSE
    Code:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
    Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials
    Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7
    For Windows XP, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz, 256 MB RAM.
    For Windows Vista and Windows 7, CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz , and 1 GB RAM.

    First Snap after Install

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    MSE Automatically update itself. Updates were around 60 MB. Updates were bit Slow, it took around 95 mins on my 256 kbps plan.
    you can even manually update it by downloading Virus definitions from below
    Code:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Definitions/HowToMSE.aspx
    Snap after Updating

    http://i53.tinypic.com/200bw9h.png

    Before Updating the GUI was RED and then it was Green.

    Main features

    Real time protection : Real time protection guards your PC in real time so that no unwanted application gets installed. Scan for Viruses, Spyware in real time. Scans all downloaded files and attachments from Internet. you can disable Real time protection but it is not recommended.

    Scheduled Scan : you can Schedule a Scan on any day of the week, MSE will automatically start Scanning on that provided that PC is ON

    Scan Archive files and Removable drives : MSE scans all Archive such as .zip or .CAB for more protection. you can even set MSE, Should it scan any removable drive if attached. more features like Creating System Restore point before cleaning any threat.

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    Exclude files and Processes : Exclude any file or Process from Scanning to speed up Scanning. Excluding files and process minimizes the protection.

    Microsoft SpyNet : Microsoft SpyNet is an Online Community thats help you choose how to respond to potential threats. you can Choose between Basic membership and Advanced Membership. Basic members sends Basic information and while the Advanced user send basic information along with the Computer details.
    No way to turn off Microsoft SpyNet

    Memory Usage
    Ideal memory usage : around 4 MB.

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    Peak memory usage : 95 MB around 45 % CPU Usage.

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    Scan
    Quick Scan : took around 9 mins and Scanned 38810 items.
    memory usage : 45 MB.

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    Full Scan : It was taking too long so i cancelled it.
    Memory usage : 50 MB.

    Detection Test
    i have a sample of 100 old and new Malwares, i will Put MSE on test to detect those Malwares.
    Note : this is on demand test.
    MSE Successfully blocked 79 threats leaving 21 threats undetectable.

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    Removing Threats : No Reboot

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    MSE Managed to block 79 threats by making threat un-executable.
    Overall Detection rate was good and Removal was quick, No reboot required.

    THE GOOD
    1)Small, Easy to install
    2)Simple interface
    3)Small update
    4)Simple Understanding GREEN = SAFE and RED = UNSAFE
    5)less Resource
    6)Quick Detection
    7)FREE

    THE BAD
    1)Full Scan is too slow
    2)Less Configuration
    3)Detection rate can be better
    4)Only for Genuine Windows User

    Overall Microsoft Security Essentials has done well, and its a good antivirus to have but has some drawbacks. i hope this drawbacks will be overcome in the Coming Version.
    as the beta version is already released, stable version will be released soon


    Thanks to Avinash and Ashwin who helped in writing this Review
    and at last Sujay da for the old Malware Samples

    NOTE : This is my opinion, Different users can come up with different thoughts and Reviews. Switch to that AV which is best Suited to you and your habits.

    Comments are Welcomed

    Thank you
    Last edited by Nikhil; 22-11-10 at 04:59 PM. Reason: updated post

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    No way to turn off Microsoft SpyNet
    Too bad.

    Full Scan : It was taking too long so i cancelled it.
    LOL

    Thanks to Avinash and Ashwin who helped in writing this Review
    I just gave a few tips. You did a very good job writing it

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    Nice review, if you did it for first time. You may have let the scan go on as thats one of the key factors. As you may have realised now, writing a real review is a time consuming process. Hope to see more from you in future.

    Thanks again.

    Also, I know it can be installed even on a non-genuine Windows

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avinash View Post
    Also, I know it can be installed even on a non-genuine Windows

    ^^From experience..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grr View Post
    ^^From experience..
    Well, I do a lot of testing and hence I know. For working systems, I never rely on MS for security.

    Also, Every non genuine version is genuine until you install that MS genuine advantage update which check your system otherwise even all your updates will work if you just ignore that WGA update.

    Also, Most people know there are loads of ways which bypass that WGA stuff and if you do a lot of testing, you know it works or not.

    I do test even cracks etc just to check how good or bad they are and I do write abt them sometimes too.

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    i have an ancient xp machine with just microsoft security essentials installed along with windows firewall and have had no issues with it so far. it all depends on the user of the machine and how to plan to use a particular machine. basic security is good enough if u know the purpose of a machines use and u stick to that use only

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    Quote Originally Posted by funskey View Post
    i have an ancient xp machine with just microsoft security essentials installed along with windows firewall and have had no issues with it so far. it all depends on the user of the machine and how to plan to use a particular machine. basic security is good enough if u know the purpose of a machines use and u stick to that use only
    Hi funskey welcome to the forum
    yes i agree with you Reviews only provide a brief idea about antivirus features but it depends upon the users machine and his habits in choosing a best Antivirus Software. better stick to a Antivirus which suites your needs.
    and yes Enjoy your stay here

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