Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials

3.5 stars

Editor's Rating


User Rating

8 8


anti-virus and malware protection Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. The product replaces Windows Defender for malware protection and adds additional anti-virus, rootkit and Trojan scanning capabilities. It offers automatic updates, optional scanning of archive files, support for removable drives, email attachment scanning and more. There are also some advanced options to exclude files by type and location as well as customizable alert actions. Microsoft Security Essentials comes with a clean and easy to use interface. Other features include firewall integration, network traffic inspection and heuristic scanning. Note: As of 2013, Microsoft is no longer aiming to compete with other anti-virus tools and offers MSE as a "baseline" (better than nothing) protection. MS Security Essentials cannot be installed on Windows 8 because it already comes integrated with the operating system as "Windows Defender". Copyright


Product Details

Publisher Microsoft Corp. (36) Price Free
Version 4.9.218  history Last updated Apr 15, 2016
File Size 11.1 Mb Requirements None

User Reviews

5 stars61% 13
4 stars28% 6
3 stars4% 1
2 stars4% 1
1 star0% 0
Based on 21 reviews

Latest user reviews:

Have changed MSE for avast antivirus 2 stars by Stepan238 Oct 31, 2014 (Read all my 11 reviews)
MSE never seemed to do anything, it never found any nasties (while the free versions of SuperAntispyware and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware frequently do, albeit they are adware/spyware utilities)and so decided to have a look at Avast, and am keeping it. show Review details
Essential security for my pc 4 stars by Smeagal1965 Sep 20, 2013 (Read all my 13 reviews)
Like most reviewers I find this very light on resources, unobtrusive in behavior, very effective & easy to use. I really like Roboscan but decided after a lot of self debate to use MSE instead. Why? Because I can't help but feel that Microsoft has a vested interest in keeping thier own systems clean and the knowledge to do so. After all Microsoft invented Windows. Who would know how to protect it better? Another reason is that Microsoft products seem to just get better and better with age. Internet Explorer 10 is a great example of this. I just seems wise to me to use a security product by the same company who made my OS. Just my 2 cents. :o) show Review details
The family buick 5 stars by nightpath207585 Jun 08, 2013
I think the human mind mistakes noise and color for effectiveness, and antivirus software designers know it. Microsoft has gone the other way, and provides what I call the family Buick. Its a basic black sedan which starts and runs every time, doesn't sound like a sports car, and won't weigh you down with repair bills. In other words, it just plain works. If you can get past your need for a fancy red sports car, You'll find that MSE does the job well, and hands you no pain in the process. I use Superantispyware Free every now and then to clear the adware clutter, and MSE for basic security, and never a problem. show Review details
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