Microsoft has joined the ranks of companies offering free anti-virus programs for Microsoft Windows.
Their new free Microsoft Security Essentials appears to replace the Windows Live OneCare subscription service, at least with regards to offering anti-virus and anti-spyware. Windows Live OneCare has been discontinued.
Where can you learn more about Microsoft Security Essentials? At its web page http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/?mkt=en-us.
You must be running a genuine, licensed copy of Windows to be able to download the new MSE product. I understand that your Windows copy is validated before the download, and again before the installation (to cover those situations where someone downloads one copy and uses it to install MSE on multiple computers).
Microsoft Security Essentials runs on Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7, including Windows 7 Mode in Windows 7 Professional.
Will MSE replace all the choices in antivirus and antispyware products on the market? I seriously doubt that it will. I hope it won’t.