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TechTiger1
Level 7

Has Microsoft introduced a new anti virus?

My friend told me Microsoft has introduced a new anti virus home edition that too for free....is it true?
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exbrit
Level 21

RE: Has Microsoft introduced a new anti virus?

Google finds it easily enough: http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

Remember it is anti-virus only, so you would need to activate Windows Firewall inbound as well as outbound and it can be a total mindbender getting it configured. Plus you should keep onboard some anti-spyware applications just in case.

Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials

Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7


  • For Windows XP, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or higher, and 256 MB RAM or higher.
  • For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.
  • VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher.
  • 140 MB of available hard disk space.
  • An Internet connection is required for installation and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • Internet Browser:

    • Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.
    • Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later.



  • Microsoft Security Essentials also supports Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. For more information see the system requirements for Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
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