Microsoft today made its free anti-virus solition, Microsoft Security Essentials, available for download. The short version: any Windows user running a free antivirus product or paying for something from Symantec or McAffe should get in on this shit right now.
The long version: this is important because it’s a big step forward for basic computer security. Many home users are simply unaware of their antivirus products, letting their subscriptions expire and never scanning their computers. Other users are plagued by bloated, high-priced software suites sold to them by the Guy at Staples. Let me tell you: I was that guy once. He doesn’t always know what he’s talking about.
It’s a free download for any legit users of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. It’s an easy install, it’s unobtrusive, and it won’t slow your computer down. Simply put, you won’t have to think about your antivirus anymore, just like the Automatic Updates service makes it so that you don’t have to worry about patching your computer. It’ll just happen.
That, my friends, is how computers are fucking supposed to work.