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Personal computer security news

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 29, 2009

For my family I have several layers of security for our PCs, one of which is McAfee’s Total Protection software. Our one-year policy, which costs $49 for a three-PC license, will expire in a few months and I wanted to do a little checking around before renewing for another year, although I have been satisfied with McAfee’s product and online support thus far.

So it was good timing to find that Microsoft just released a free antivirus product for Windows-based computers: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

I’m leaning in the direction of a change, although it appears Microsoft Security Essentials will only include antivirus and antispyware protection, as this Norton YouTube post suggests:


They probably have a point: even ZoneAlarm, which in the old days was a very reliable and free security product, now charges for its comprehensive coverage.

Still, the extra features from the fee-based services aren’t necessarily must-have security beyond what MSE provides. Do read the comments in the above reviews (especially the Ars Technica one) to get a good picture of the related issues.

In any event, if you choose to give MSE a try, be sure to disable your currently running antivirus program first. As with most antivirals, it can’t run concurrently with other antivirals.

One Response to “Personal computer security news”

  1. Linda Radon said

    Thanks for the info

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