If you got a new Windows 7 computer for Xmas, I hope you thought about security before you spent too much time playing online. I know, it’s not very exciting, but it needs to be done. I’m spending Monday morning trying to recover data from a computer that was taken down by malware, so I’ve got security on my mind.
Most of you would do best to remove any preinstalled security software from your new computer, then put on Microsoft Security Essentials, the new free software from Microsoft that protects against viruses, adware and spyware. Here’s more information about Microsoft Security Essentials.
Two weeks ago independent lab AV-Comparatives.org ranked Microsoft Security Essentials as one of the best programs available at any price for catching and removing malware, and last week it found that MSE had a lower impact on system performance than almost any other program. In both cases, MSE was the best-performing free program and in the top ranks of all programs, paid and free. The conclusions match the other studies that I’ve seen: MSE is fast, effective, and light on system resources.
Here are more details about the AV-Comparatives.org conclusions. Install Microsoft Security Essentials – then go play with your new computer!