Week in Geek: The Microsoft Security Essentials is Excellent Edition

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released their completely free anti-virus/anti-spyware solution, and we already gave it a thorough review—but it deserves our official endorsement, and that’s right here.

That’s right, we’re officially recommending Microsoft Security Essentials as our free Anti-Malware utility of choice. Not only is it simple, easy to use, and effective—it also barely slows down the computer compared to some of the giant “suites” out there.

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As a real-world test, I installed MSE and started downloading from some really shady sources—pirated video games, crack files, etc. I simply opened up the directory containing the files, and MSE had already detected the threat and offered to quarantine the files.

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The same thing happened again when I tried to extract a pirated piece of software that contained a virus. (I specifically downloaded one containing a virus to test… but please, don’t try this at home).

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Of course, it should go without saying that you should STILL BE CAREFUL! when downloading files—you can’t simply trust your anti-malware utility to protect you all the time, because new threats come out daily. Don’t download from shady sources, don’t install crapware on your computer, and whatever you do… make sure to use a custom install and be prepared to uncheck the options for junk software when installing.

Download Microsoft Security Essentials from microsoft.com

For more, check out our must-read series on Spyware and Malware:

The How-To Geek is on Twitter

Over the last few months, we’ve started using Twitter a lot more as a quick and easy way to communicate with the readers. It’s like an instant message client where we can talk directly with our readers and share fun links as we find them. Here’s just some of the best stuff we’ve shared recently:

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Ask the Super Users

The week’s hottest threads over at our favorite Question/Answer site include some great questions, and loads of answers from all of the super users on the site.

This Week’s Posts

And here are the links to all the articles from this week that you probably already read.

The Geek’s Note

Yeah, I know. Instead of the “Week in Geek”, I should really change the title to “The Every-So-Often-In-Geek”.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/3/09
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