By Fred Langa
A reader’s complaint about Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) spurred head-to-head comparison tests of AV-software resource usage.
I put six popular, free antivirus tools through their paces and measured their impact on startup and shutdown times, disk space, and RAM use.
Normally, reader letters appear in the LangaList Plus section of this newsletter. But sometimes, one comes along that warrants treatment in greater detail.
One such letter is this one, from subscriber Bill Garfield:
- “Occasionally you either recommend or suggest Microsoft Security Essentials as a viable free alternative to commercial anti-malware programs without mentioning the also-free competing products such as AVG and Avast, to name just two.