Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Microsoft is releasing its free anti-malware software. It is replacing its subscription service, Windows Live OneCare which costs $49.95 per year. Windows Live OneCare will no longer be available after the end of June 2009. This move by Microsoft is challenging to current security software makers such as Symantec Corp. (Norton 360) and McAfee Inc. (Total Protection).
Microsoft Security Essentials works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and the forthcoming Windows 7 operating system. It’s designed to require less space and fewer computing resources in order to be useful on less-powerful PCs and in situations with constrained bandwidth, which makes it optimal for the average computer user.
Users need protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits, and Trojans and they want comprehensive and ongoing protection from existing and future threats. Most security software providers such as Panda Security began offering Panda Cloud Antivirus for free in April 2009. AVG Technologies and Symantec also have free security products as well. Offering a free security product is the new way to do business. It gets the product out to the customers then later allows for the company to offer more comprehensive paid service products.
Take caution Microsoft Security Essential is still in the beta testing stage but worth taking a look at. This beta is available only to customers in the United States, Israel (English only), People’s Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only).Please visit the more information page to learn more about system requirements.