Microsoft Security Essentials comes to consumers as the lightweight, cloud-based application. The version 2 of the application comes with a default firewall in Vista and Windows 7.
The second version seems to be matured than its predecessor. Microsoft Security Essentials come as light application that can meet the demands of today’s internet security concerns. The application has clean interface and some of the features include antivirus, antispyware engines, rootkit protection, and real-time detection with the help of SpyNet service.
The application has options such as quick scan and full scan along with a custom scan facility, where you can select files folders or drives to be scanned. However, it does not have the option of selecting the type of scans such as scanning only rootkits or heuristics, which is available in several other internet security applications.
The action log can be accessed via the update pane and the history can be viewed in the form of a spreadsheet. All of the actions such as detection, quarantine and other actions performed can be viewed. Although Microsoft Security Essentials provides good protection and is liked by many users, experts feel that the impact of the program on system performance should be improved.
System requirements :
Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials
Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)*; Windows Vista (Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2)*; Windows 7*
For Windows XP, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or higher, and 256 MB RAM or higher.
- For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.
- VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher.
- 200 MB of available hard disk space.
- An Internet connection is required for installation and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials.
- Internet Browser.
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