Tag: Security Essentials

Loss of Start Screen Tiles and Desktop Icons After Installing Bitdefender

Given that Microsoft Security Essentials has copped a bit of a pasting in the press lately I thought I would review both the current offerings and my stance on antivirus products. Of course, free is a good price for many plus it is an easy way for antivirus vendors to upsell you to other bundled …

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Microsoft Security Essentials Levels Up

Just a quick note for those Windows users out there using Microsoft Security Essentials. The latest version has recently been released and hopefully Windows Update has notified/nagged you to upgrade it to Version 4.0.1526.0. It still retains the same simple interface that many people have come to appreciate and will remain quiet until it finds …

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Microsoft Security Essential Beta – Testing Underway

Just a short update tonight. I’ve installed the recent beta of the upcoming version of Microsoft Security Essentials (Version 4.0.1111.0) to see how it performs and how different it is to prior versions. The upgrade only took a minute and I am setting it off on a scan to assess its speed. No major red …

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Upcoming Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials

Looks like Microsoft are prepping a new major release of the popular Security Essentials package by enlisting a stack of beta testers prior to the final version going out. Amongst existing features, it’s expected that new feature will include automatic malware removal (removing the requirement for user interaction) plus enhanced performance and protection capabilities. At …

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Upgrade to Microsoft Security Essentials Version 2.0

Microsoft Security Essentials - Manually Check for Software Updates

Quick tip for this evening. An update to Microsoft Security Essentials was released by Microsoft on 16 December, 2010 which saw the version number increment up to Version 2.0. This was after the second Tuesday of the month (AKA “Patch Tuesday”) where Microsoft releases patches and upgrades for its software through Windows Update. This meant …

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Microsoft Allows Small Business Use of Security Essentials

Another quick one for this evening. Microsoft has changed its position on the usage of its Security Essentials software inside small businesses whereby it used to be prohibited under the End User License Agreement. Technically, there was nothing stopping small businesses (or anyone for that matter) from installing the software on a compatible computer, just …

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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta Available

Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 Beta

Just a quick update for this evening. In news that might have slipped under the radar, Microsoft has released a beta version of its popular Microsoft Security Essentials software. This version of the software sports a few new features but also keeps down the bloat which is great for low end computers like netbooks. New …

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Microsoft Security Essentials – No Bloat, No Fuss

Microsoft Security Essentials (Update)

Since I got my first computer back in 1995 (with Windows 95 on it) I’ve gone through several different pieces of antiviral software as well as the incremental upgrades that became more common. As time progressed, the size of the software increased as well as the scope of what was included in an AV package. …

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