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Microsoft's Free Anti-Malware Product is Out Today

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Microsoft is officially launching its antivirus tool today following a Beta launch in June.

The Redmond-based company pushed out a beta of Microsoft Security Essentials in June, making the software available to users in the United States, Israel (English only), People's Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only). However Bob Muglia, the president of Microsoft's server and tools division said that the tool will be available for everyone today.

Formerly known as Morro, Microsoft Security Essentials endeavors to provide basic protection from various types of malicious software, including trojans, spyware, viruses and even rootkits. Following today's launch Microsoft will completely discontinue OneCare, the company’s current security software that it released three years ago.

While Microsoft's offer of a free security suite that requires no registration, trial or renewal sounds like something that would have competitors worried, it seems major rivals are unfazed by the product. When the Beta launched, neither Symantec nor McAfee batted an eyelid.

Janice Chaffin, Symantec's Consumer division president, said that Morro is basically a stripped down version of OneCare. "A full Internet security suite is what consumers require today to stay fully protected," she told Reuters when news of the software broke this past summer. McAfee said it remained confident in its ability to compete with "anyone who might enter the marketplace."

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    captaincharisma , September 29, 2009 4:22 PM
    hey anythings better than norton and mcafee these days
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    duckmanx88 , September 29, 2009 4:15 PM
    "When the Beta launched, neither Symantec nor McAfee batted an eyelid."

    "Janice Chaffin, Symantec's Consumer division president, said that Morro is basically a stripped down version of OneCare"

    attacking a free product seems like worry to me. it should come with Windows 7 for the old people that don't know that they can get free AV protection from Panda, AVG, and a dozen other products that don't rape your wallet like Norton.
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    IncinX , September 29, 2009 4:23 PM
    One Care to rule them all
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    Anonymous , September 29, 2009 4:11 PM
    So how long until the Justice Department steps in and breaks up Microsoft?
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    duckmanx88 , September 29, 2009 4:15 PM
    "When the Beta launched, neither Symantec nor McAfee batted an eyelid."

    "Janice Chaffin, Symantec's Consumer division president, said that Morro is basically a stripped down version of OneCare"

    attacking a free product seems like worry to me. it should come with Windows 7 for the old people that don't know that they can get free AV protection from Panda, AVG, and a dozen other products that don't rape your wallet like Norton.
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    ssddx , September 29, 2009 4:18 PM
    Providing a stripped down version for free? I suppose it is better than nothing. However, I for one would rather go with either a more reputable free option or a paid subscription. No stripped down protection for me.

    As for the microsoft comment: Doubtful. MS knows how to walk the line rather well by now. In any case, they aren't the worst corporation out there by far.
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    cbigfoot , September 29, 2009 4:19 PM
    They better be worried I have switched ALL my computers at my house to security essentials. it is the ONLY antivirus that i have EVER had that was able to clean up a computer hevily infected. it kicks nortons, symantec corporate, mcafee, avgs, and any ones butt the only other antivirus i would recommend would be webroot. As long as Microsoft hasnt messed up this version then i will continue to ONLY use security essentials
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    ssddx , September 29, 2009 4:19 PM
    duckmanx88 ..don't rape your wallet like Norton.


    kapersky is even worse imo. I've found it well worth the price though.
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    captaincharisma , September 29, 2009 4:22 PM
    hey anythings better than norton and mcafee these days
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    IncinX , September 29, 2009 4:23 PM
    One Care to rule them all
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    jasperjones , September 29, 2009 4:32 PM
    hoping for a test on tom's to see how it fares vs. other free solutions such as AVG Free, MBAM, etc.

    i'm open-minded at this point. hey yes it's free software from M$, but they have actually delivered a number of neat and useful free tools (e.g., SyncToy).
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    njkid3 , September 29, 2009 4:44 PM
    well i can say this about norton it has saved my machine on more than a few occasions. but i will give the microsoft one a try to see how it is. plus its always good to have multiple scanners.
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    gwolfman , September 29, 2009 4:54 PM
    Hopefully since it comes from M$ itself, they can give the best real-time protection since they *should* know their OS the best.
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    ssalim , September 29, 2009 4:58 PM
    Regular:
    If I buy a Mac or run Linux and manage to get a virus, would you reimburse me plus some kind of 'fee'?
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    wildwell , September 29, 2009 5:41 PM
    This could just be part of a larger marketing movement by Microsoft to maintain market share against Apple. I wouldn't be surprised to see, "I'm a PC" TV ads featuring Windows 7 with "Automatic Malware Prevention."
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    wildwell , September 29, 2009 5:42 PM
    b1kshad0wIf you get a virus in Linux, it's only cause you purposely went looking for one.


    Or wrote it yourself.
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    jellico , September 29, 2009 5:48 PM
    I half-expect a lawsuit to be filed tomorrow by Norton and McAfee with the eventual outcome being a vote option to uninstall Microsoft's free anti-Malware product and including links to Norton's and McAfee's sites for their offerings.
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    Anonymous , September 29, 2009 5:49 PM
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    McAfee said it remained confident in its ability to compete with "anyone who might enter the marketplace."

    It's funny in that McAffee has been for a long time one of the worst security programs out there, full of holes, and endlessly slow consuming about 3 to 5times the resources some competitors did.

    My experiences with McAfee stem from around 1999.. 10 years ago, but they where so bad, I never used it again. I don't know if they've gotten any better since.
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    zak_mckraken , September 29, 2009 6:08 PM
    "Try Morro! It's Morronic!"

    Sorry, I couldn't hold that one. Seriously, I'm gonna try it out tonight at home. I use AVG so expect the same "basic" protection. "A full Internet security suite is not what I require", but I understand that it might not be the same for the average user.
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    Honis , September 29, 2009 6:18 PM
    ProDigit80I don't know if they've gotten any better since.
    They haven't. I've been forced to you various forms of it at work and school and it is a pig compared to anything I use at home.

    The pay-to-scan anti-virus companies aren't worried because they have Best Buy and other stores on there side. Why would Best Buy advertise that you DON'T need anti-virus for a PC when they can sell you one saying the free solution is crap. Not to mention they are embedded in countless companies that are so slow to change things they are still using IE6.
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    buwish , September 29, 2009 7:01 PM
    I think that none of them work very well; eventually you're going to get something and when it happens, you might as well get it for free.
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