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Free non-intrusive virus protection

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Logo
The logo for Microsoft Security

If your looking for a free security software that won’t eat up your computers resources look no further than Microsoft Security Essentials. The software is similar to AVG, and other free anti-virus software, but is super simplified.

Their are several ways you can obtain Microsoft Security Essentials, but the easiest way is to just download it directly from the source Microsoft.

Here is the download link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download

Once you got the software installed it will initially want to preform a scan after first updating to the latest virus definitions. This is a good idea if you feel like your computer might already be infected.

Microsoft Security Essentials
This is a snap shot of what the program looks like once fully up operational and opened.

Now the great thing about this little piece of software by Microsoft is that it is very simple. You have four tabs.

  • Home
  • Update
  • History
  • Settings

The name of the tabs are pretty self-explanatory, and when you click the tabs you find they are in fact just as simple as the home tab.

The Update Tab

Microsoft Security Essentials Update Tab
Microsoft Security Essentials Update Tab

As you can see the update tab really is just that a tab to see some information and just simply click update.

The History Tab

Microsoft Security Essentials History Tab
Microsoft Security Essentials History Tab

The history tab is a great tab if you are a programmer or deal with the modification of programs. As while programming your program you create could throw some false positives, and you will need to add your files to the allowed items list.

Quarantined or detected items are placed on lock down and so no further action is really needed, but I personally like to just click “Remove All” after reviewing the items to make sure non of them are false positives of course.

The Settings Tab

This tab really does not deserve a picture considering it would take several to cover it anyway.

This tab allows you to:

  • Schedule Scans
  • Modify Default Actions
  • Turn Real Time Protection on or off (Default is ON the program would be red if it is off.)
  • Exclude file locations and type or processes
  • Adjust advanced options for scans removable drives, and allowing for automatic sample submission of detected infections.


This is located in the settings tab and is turned on by default at the basic level. If you your concerned about privacy turn it off. If your not than leave it on or turn it up to advanced. All this setting does is allow Microsoft to get more information about infections so they can further combat them with new updates.

I hope you guys all enjoyed this security recommendation post!