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Actually Free AntiVirus Software (Windows Only)

Note: Only for legitimate users of Windows XP/Vista/7.

If you are tired of paying for Anti-Virus software for your computer, the day has finally come when you no longer have to pay for it. Microsoft has released their own anti-virus program for all windows users (with legit copies of windows), probably to compete with apple. The software is called Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), and will most likely be free forever (updates and all). The software is available for XP (32-bit) and both Vista and Windows 7 (32- and 64- bit).

Now before installing MSE you must first uninstall the current anti-virus software you use. Before uninstalling the program, it's features must be shut-off as they are typically designed to protect themselves from removal. In order to do this, move your mouse to the bottom right corner of your screen. Double click on the icon for your anti-virus software (for MSE this is a little house). This will open a control screen for your software. On this screen uncheck or disable all features of your anti-virus software, there will likely be warnings against proceeding - disregard these. Next we will uninstall the program, this can be done by gone within the control panel: click on "Start" then "Control Panel", click on the "Add or Remove Programs" link and then navigate to your anti-virus software. Always remove peripheral components first (i.e. for Symantec products remove the LiveUpdate or anti-malware feature first) followed by the main component (i.e. for Symantec products this would be the symantec anti-virus module). You may have to restart several times during this process, you should always restart when prompted. Once you have removed all of the programs labeled with the maker of your anti-virus software your computer will be ready to install MSE.

Now we can go ahead and begin the MSE installation process. The installer can be found at the following website: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Be sure to choose the correct version of the software: select the "Download Now" button, and click on the link corresponding to your operating system. This will initiate a download, when the file has saved to your computer, double click on the installer and follow on-screen instructions to installing MSE. Updating the product immediately and then promptly running a system scan is highly recommended.

Enjoy free anti-virus software for life!! Another interesting fact...according to an independent rater of anti-virus software, Virus Bulletin, MSE is one of the very best with a VB100 rating: http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/results?vendor=VE70
Enjoy!
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what is the difference between Norton AntiVirus 2004 and Norton AntiVirus 2010 ?


Not much. Every second new viruses are created. To combat these, anti-virus software designers think of new ways to defend computers from these viruses but no one anti-virus can be 100% safe.

To combat new viruses, anti-virus programs download new 'definitions' or schemes to protect from new viruses.

If you like a direct comparison of the two versions, read below:

AV 2004 was designed for XP and older OSes. As of 2010 we have Win Vista and 7 with new kernel and user interface. To keep up with new changes, AV providers upgrade their software so that it will work flawlessly.

In simple words AV 2004 works similar to AV 2010 BUT for older Windows. AV 2010 should work with older Windows but it is primarily designed for 7's revamped UI and kernel.

If you had a chance to work on Win 98 and migrated steadily to Win 7 you would notice that older programs that ran on 98 look really outdated and 'boring' compared to new programs designed for 7.

Also note that companies stop providing support for old programs after some time they release the new product. One of their objectives is to encourage people to spend again or attract new customers which in turn will increase their revenue.

If you are using XP and AV 2004 you should not find it necessary to spend cash again unless Norton requires you to upgrade or they stop providing updates.

If you are a new customer and use Win 7, AV 2010 is a good idea. Before making a purchase, keep in mind that free options are also available for home users like AVG free (free.avg.com). I find it is quite satisfactory for an average user and I am using it past 5 years with little to no issues.


Nov 04, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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my PC is pIII version & (199)ram so, how do i find lettest anti virus get on net


You can download free antivirus programs,

1. Avira AntiVir (Compatible with Win 7, Vista and Windows XP) here
2. AVG (Compatible with Win 7, Vista and Windows XP) here

Jul 19, 2010 | RTO Avg Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware 8 for...

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I have a new pc w.XP Pro/Vista and CA anti-virus, since I intalled the CA anti-virus the computer seems to have slowed down, at times worse than others.I'm on Cable..my other PC has the same problem w. the CA.


raceman, google "CA anti-virus issues", preferrably AFTER you uninstall it...when I did, it came back with 'about' 3,520,000 hits, which means there are 'about' 3520000 reasons to get rid of it. If you're looking for dependable antivirus products of the free variety, try Avira personal, AVG, or Avast. (All three also have upgraded versions you pay for, but unless you specifically NEED a certain functionality, save your coin and buy yourself a night at the movies)
CA messes up Windows system files, because it's written so that it misidentifies legitimate system files as malware and quarantines them, rendering them useless when Windows calls for them. Update your malware definitions and then unquarantine the windows files; Although not a guaranteed cure it should help.
Shame to read about someone who's having issues with a paid-for product, but you're not alone, apparently.

Oct 14, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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