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Microsoft Security Essentials vulnerability reminds that security risks are everywhere

Microsoft recently delivered a patch for its malware and antivirus tools, including Security Essentials, Windows Defender, MSRT, and Forefront -- its enterprise antivirus solution. The patch addresses a flaw in Microsoft's scanning engine which could allow an attacker who had a valid username and password to gain elevated rights on a system. As is often the case with these flaws, the fact that ...

Microsoft Security Essentials 2 available for download, now an even better free antivirus for Windows

There's really no question what the most popular, free antivirus program for Windows is here at Download Squad. You, our readers, make it pretty clear whenever we post about the topic that Microsoft Security Essentials is at the top of the heap -- and we tend to agree. With detection rates every bit as good as some competing paid products (and better than many), MSE might just be the best piece o...

Panda demands ballot screen for Windows security software, forgets they're already on one

Straight out of the "you knew it was coming" files, PC Pro is reporting the first public call for a security software ballot in Windows. Panda echoes the shouts from Trend Micro, who were the first to cry foul over Microsoft's recent decision to offer Security Essentials to unprotected Windows users as an optional Windows Update download. Panda's Luis Corrons told PC Pro, "There should be a li...

Beware: malware version of Microsoft Security Essentials in the wild

A new and exceedingly evil piece of malware that very cleverly imitates Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) has emerged. It goes by the designation Win32/FakePAV -- and if you haven't recently updated your virus and malware definitions, do it now. Screenshots on the Malware Protection Center website show this piece of malware to be depressingly good -- it really does imitate MSE very well. It p...

Security Essentials Screensaver scans for viruses while your computer is idle

Some people like to display a little eye candy while their computer idles, opting for screensavers which flip through an assortment of photos or flying toasters (for example). Some of us, however, would rather have our system doing meaningful work that we don't want going on while we're using systems. That's why a number of utility apps -- like defrag tools and antivirus programs -- have an op...

What apps have changed the way you work this year?

As a tech blogger, I install dozens, possibly hundreds of apps on my PC every year. Many of them are pretty cool, but I still end up uninstalling most of these programs because the truth is I just don't need them. But every year a few apps earn a permanent space on my computer and change the way I work and play. Looking back over 2009, I can honestly say there weren't a lot of apps that made t...

Microsoft Security Essentials rated best free antivirus for Windows

Thousands of downloads. Countless positive reviews on software blogs around the Internet. It's been quite a ride so far for Microsoft Security Essentials. In AV Comparative's most recent report on malware removal, MSE was the only free antivirus rated Advanced+. That ranking placed it alongside big names like Norton, Kaspersky, and F-Secure. Security Essentials also beat out technician favorit...

Windows 7 UAC flaw-by-design now classified as malware by Microsoft?

Since we last brought you news about a UAC vulnerability in Windows 7, Microsoft opened their ears to the beta testers at the time and quickly released a patch that plugged the security hole. However, another UAC flaw has been discovered in Windows 7. In fact, it's been quietly lurking around in the dark corners of the internet since February. What's different about this one is that not only doe...