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Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), Redmond's free consumer security software for PCs, is  available for download by the general public

The rollout of the antimalware solution comes after three months of public beta testing, limited to thousands of users. The software offers basic protection against viruses and spyware. The free MSE offering likely will compete with paid security offerings from McAfee and Symantec.

MSE is sometimes described as a replacement for Windows Defender, a free app from Microsoft that just removes spyware. Apparently, the two security apps can exist side by side. MSE disables Windows Defender and users don't have to remove it, according to a June Microsoft forum post.

MSE will be available for download on Sept. 29 for use on "genuine Windows-based PCs," according to Microsoft's announcement issued on Monday.

The software will work with the following operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP using Service Pack 2 or 3. It's designed to use a small amount of CPU and memory resources and run on older PCs, according to Microsoft's announcement.

MSE also will work with Windows XP Mode, which is Microsoft's virtualized XP desktop that runs on Windows 7. Both x32 and x64 versions are supported.

Microsoft plans to roll out MSE in eight languages, in 19 countries, on Tuesday. Those countries include "Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States," according to the announcement.

The home page for the MSE solution can be accessed here.

www.microsoft.com/Security_ess…
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matsw007 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
Thank u for the info.
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skyzyk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the info Butch123 :wave:
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teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Can this be used along with Nortons..or any other paid for antivirus? Are you going to give it a try?
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skyzyk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi tbc :wave: To answer your question in a nutshell, yes. It can be run alongside any anti-virus program. :)
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teddybearcholla Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Kool!!!! Thank you sky!!!! :wave: :hug:
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skyzyk Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wave: My pleasure
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