| By Fred Langa |
A flood of reader mail (and comments in the Lounge) followed my report of a six-month, real-life test of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).
Many reader remarks questioned the uncontrolled nature of the test as well as MSE’s suitability for novices.
Two follow-up questions about MSE’s performance
These two letters are representative of many others I received. First, one from reader Sam North:
- “I was very interested in Fred Langa’s review of Microsoft Security Essentials. However, it would be very helpful to know how many attacks were thwarted by MSE.
“Does MSE track and report on attacks? Other security tools provide periodic reports on viruses, Trojans, etc., as well as real-time alerts to attempted system attacks.”
- “I also review Antivirus products from time to time. I should be installing them on my non-techie relatives’ computers because they come to me when they catch a virus. As a computer-literate person, I know when not to open an attachment or go to a phishing site, even out of curiosity.
“A lot of home users go for free offerings, which is OK for cautious users, but I wonder how a reckless user might fare [with MSE].”