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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...

Top new and updated Windows apps of 2010

2010 has been one heck of a year for software development. We've seen scores of great new apps released and major updates for many of our favorites. "Release early, iterate often" has become the norm -- with alpha and beta downloads coming at us fast and 0.1 becoming the new 1.0. The speed of change with some apps has been mind-boggling at times. Can you believe that Google Chrome's stable...

20+ essential programs for your new Windows computer

Our regular readers can probably rattle off a list of their 20 favorite apps without breaking a sweat -- as the comments on this post will no doubt prove. But for our less in-the-know friends, family, and co-workers, it can be challenging to figure out where to download high quality programs that actually do what they need them to do. We've put together an assortment that will help you hit the...

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...

15+ free Windows apps to help you tackle Thanksgiving tech support

digg The holiday season has always been a time for gathering -- but in recent years, it's also been a time when family and friends come bearing gifts of computer troubles. Their computer friends -- people like the Download Squad team and you, our readers -- get asked to do everything from installing RAM upgrades to the annual computer tune-up. We're happy to oblige, of course, because there's a...

Microsoft Security Essentials 2 Beta update brings more improvements

Microsoft has pushed an update to Security Essentials 2, which is currently in beta testing. While there aren't a vast number of forward-facing changes, there is one important one: the re-introduction of context menu scanning. Once again, you can right-click any file on your system to quickly check it for infection with MSE. When Security Essentials 2 is finally released, it will include...

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...

Trend Micro raises a stink over Security Essentials via Windows Update

When I wrote about Microsoft's decision to begin offering Security Essentials via Windows Update to users who didn't already have an antivirus program installed, I wondered how long it would be until someone shouted "Unfair!" I wasn't the only one, either -- ZDnet's Ed Bott had similar concerns. This morning, Computerworld is reporting that Trend Micro -- who develop a range of antivirus and...

Microsoft Security Essentials now offered via Windows Update

We're big fans of Microsoft Security Essentials -- it's lightweight, free, and offers malware protection that's every bit as good as (if not better than) more recognized names like Norton and McAfee (quit giggling, DS regulars...). Today, Microsoft has begun offering Security Essentials as an optional install via Windows Update. Like Live Essentials and the Windows 7 Language Packs, users can...

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...

Microsoft Security Essentials now officially offers free antivirus protection for small businesses

With 30 million users in 74 countries -- amassed in just over a year -- Microsoft Security Essentials' rise to popularity has been nothing short of meteoric. So it really didn't come as a surprise last month when people were overjoyed at news from the Microsoft SMB Community Blog: Security Essentials was about to become free for use in small business settings. The change took place yesterday,...

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...

Microsoft Security Essentials now provides free antivirus protection for Small Businesses

There are a lot of great, free antivirus programs for Windows -- as long as you're using those programs at home. When it comes to options for the workplace, there's really nothing available for free. At least, not until now. Starting in October, Microsoft is opening up the licensing for Security Essentials and will allow small businesses up to 10 users to utilize one of the top-rated, free...

Microsoft Security Essentials 2 beta now available for download

Many of our readers have made the switch to Microsoft Security Essentials for malware and virus defense. It's free, and it offers protection that is every bit as good as (if no better than) commercial apps like Norton and McAfee. Anxious to know what's coming in version 2? Wait no more, the beta download is out now! So what's new? MSE's defenses have been beefed up with a new scanning engine,...

InfoWorld takes misguided jabs at Microsoft over MSE updates

Microsoft has received an awful lot of positive feedback about Security Essentials. It's easily one of the best options Windows users have -- paid or free -- for malware and virus protection. InfoWorld thinks, however, that Security Essentials has a rather irritating and serious flaw: its update mechanism. The post I'm talking about takes issue with MSE "taking liberties" with users'...