Contributed by Kevin Collins
Microsoft has developed and now testing a free anti-virus application for Windows. The name of this generous piece of software is “Microsoft Security Essentials”. Microsoft claims that this program was developed as a replacement for their subscription based anti-virus program known as “Live One Care” which was 49.95 per year. If they can offer the protection, we may soon be free of annual subscription fees.
Security Essentials is currently in beta and full. We’ll let you know as soon as its open again for download.
*UPDATE: Microsoft’s link is closed at the present but Security Essentials can be downloaded via Softpedia.
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The popular free choice for virus protection, AVG, announced a new version recently: (http://www.grisoft.com/us.93836). I just tested it out myself and it seems like a great upgrade.
Version 8 includes new features and a new, easier to use interface. It’s supposed to be faster, but its performance is questioned by some. I personally didn’t experience any additional delays after installing 8.0. It includes anti-spyware built in, which is great for XP users.
Version 8 also includes “Link Scanner”, which I didn’t like at all. It checks each link as you browse the web. That’s too slow for me. In the options, you can disable this (I did).
AVG Free 8 can be downloaded from: http://tinyurl.com/4or34z Or, if we routinely maintain your computer, we’ll probably upgrade you on our next visit.
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