Microsoft Security Essentials Review

Security Essentials is essentially (pardon the pun) a Microsoft alternative to your favourite antivirus. The package is only designed for Windows based systems, so if you’re looking for an AV to protect you on your mac, android or tablet you should stop reading now and look elsewhere. If you’re running Windows, we suggest you continue reading to see if this is the product for you.

Microsoft Security Essentials Review

Compatibility

Windows

Reliability and Security

Security Essentials really hasn’t had it easy when it comes to online publicity, in most cases it’s been slated for it’s poor performance and lack of features and so we’d thought we’d investigate this. To be fair it’s only a very basic program that offers real-time scanning and a quarantine system but why should performance be reduced? We’d guess that because Microsoft are such a substantial corporation and not specifically an Antivirus developer that they don’t have experience and knowledge on their side. If you’re looking for a baseline product and feel you’re pretty clued up on which websites to avoid then this free solution will work for you.

Features

SE is a very basic and only covers the absolute fundamentals of an anti-virus. We understand you get the obvious real-time scanning and a quarantine system but it’s lacking features like browser and smartphone protection. With the increase in popularity of browser extensions protection has never been so paramount, that’s not to mention mobile and tablet protection. If you’re a very sensible user, only using Windows, keep your system up-to-date and don’t want to spend your hard earned cash on an AV, Security Essentials could be the one for you.

Value For Money

If you’re using Windows Vista or above, Security Essentials has probably been installed on your machine via a Windows update, for free. Yes for free. So we can’t really put a value on it, what we do know however is that performance may not be up-to-scratch and even though it may be free, it probably shouldn’t be your first choice AV.

Support and Customer Service

You’d probably assume that because Microsoft is such a broad company that finding the support for Security Essentials would be tough however they have just integrated a new ‘Virtual Agent’ which is effectively a virtual live chat. This will point you in the right direction and suggest articles to read. If you can’t find a solution you can choose to talk to a person via phone, chat or by ‘asking the community’. We managed to get to this stage in under 30 seconds. Very impressive!

Customer Reviews For Microsoft Security Essentials

Ronald Truocchio - 15/11/2017

good advice

william shakesphere - 26/10/2017

i think it is better than norton security i just installed this antivirus

Someone who accidently removed microsoft security essentials - 21/08/2017

I UNINSTALLED SECURITY ESSENTIALS AND IT SAID IT MIGHT LEAVE MY COMPUTER UNPROTECTED AND IT SAID IT IS NO LONGER PROTECTING MY COMPUTER HOW DO I GET IT BACK I HAVE TOTALAV AND PCPROTECT THESE ARE A FREE VERSION

JOSEPH - 07/08/2017

THIS IS THE ONE I TRUST ONLY

Leonardo Valdes - 21/07/2017

How do i get a free SEccurity Esssential antivirus?

Wide, Wide World of Sports - 25/03/2017

I have never had my computer or other devices successfully attacked. I'm no genius, I just keep valuable stuff elsewhere and scan frequently (sometimes a few times a day). I use MSE in tandem with Malwarebytes. Works perfect every time. I think sometimes people expect more from their gadgets than the gadget can deliver. Don't be going where you don't belong.

Gav Arsenal FC Dunn - 22/03/2017

Very poor product, leaves your device vulnerable to attacks. Weak protection that is slow and lacking in features.

Someone who has lost a laptop because of this antivirus - 19/03/2017

I had this for my laptop and it did nothing, I had gotten a virus from the internet and I always scan my laptop regularly but the anti virus didn't spot it and it only did actually find out when the virus had fully corrupted my hard drive and mother board. Get a better anti virus if you have this, because it won't help at all