Readers weigh in on MS Security Essentials

Fred langa 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.”

The second is from Ash Nallawalla:

  • “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].”

Good questions and observations, Sam and Ash (and everyone else who wrote in).

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About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.