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Comment On Microsoft Security Essentials News

Microsoft Security Essentials is the free antivirus provided by Microsoft but it has come in for some flack in the highly competitive market. after a comment from a Microsoft executive may have been taken out of context.

Holly Stewart’s senior program manager of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center said in the interview.

“It’s not as efficient to have one kind of weapon,” she said. “Like anything you must have that diversity. It’s a weakness to just have one.”

Some IT sites have taken this to mean that they are saying that you should run more than one antivirus , you cannot do this. You should use only one antivirus as more than one may mean it will not work properly.

The weapon she refers should be: 

  • Keeping the operating system up to date , do your windows updates both automatic and optional
  • Keeping your software up to date, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash & Java

That is your first line of defence as the antivirus is there to hopefully get you out of trouble if you haven’t kept things up to date.

In the interview Holly Stewart also referred to Microsoft malware protection as a baseline protection and there is nothing wrong in that.

Consumers and users sometimes need to look beyond what is written and realise that this is a highly competitive industry. 

During August Microsoft reported a protection rate of 99.9% Malware Protection Centre Report to computers running their malware protection.

Microsoft also commented and committed to their Malware Protection 

If you want an antivirus that is more “heavy duty ” and want to pay then I recommend  NOD32 from ESET

Remember my 10 Rules For Protecting Your Computer  

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