ABC of Microsoft Security Essentials

product_logoAre you too busy with so many things that you do not have time to worry on protecting your PC? Having problems with Trojans, worms and other malicious software? Unsatisfied with the services of the paid software subscriptions? Microsoft Security Essentials is the solution that you are looking for.

What is Microsoft Security Essentials?

The Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), also codenamed Morro, is a free real-time consumer antivirus software released by Microsoft which provides high-quality protection when it comes to viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans.

It is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The launching of the Microsoft Security Essentials has marked a change consumer antivirus marketing strategy of Microsoft because it was made for 50-60% of PC users who don’t have the money or don’t want to pay for antivirus protection. With MSE, there’s no need for registration, trials with an expiration date or renewals.

Installing Microsoft Essentials is very easy. It has a smaller download size, also include the fast installation. According to Microsoft, MSE should not be installed together with any other antimalware software. As soon as you see the Security Essentials icon becomes green, it signifies that your computer is protected and in good status. Worry no more with the latest protection because the updates and upgrades are automatic. Updates are published three times a day to Microsoft Update. MSE decompresses and scans archived files, file downloads and e-mail attachments. Using the Dynamic Signature Service, it checks the updates if an application show suspicious behavior which can help the user to identify malicious files. MSE receives positive reviews because of its low resource usage, straightforward user interface and price point. PCWorld remarked the clear-cut and cleanly designed tabbed interface. PC Magazine noticed the small installation package and speedy installation.

It is a very user-friendly security software that runs quietly in the background while you are using your computer. You won’t be bothered to continue doing other tasks while updating the system. It only gives alerts if there’s something important that you need to do. You will be able to continue your work or have fun at the same time because it doesn’t require a lot of system resources. It also helps the users to stop potential threats before they harm your computer.

Microsoft Security Essentials was generally made to help you in securing your computer. However, as experts will tell you (reference) there’s no best or infallible antivirus.

*** This article was originally written by me for TechieNow

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Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

19My boyfriend gave me a gift for our 2nd monthsary. It was a book, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, written by Rick Riordan. He bought it in Powerbooks for Php 305.

I find the book interesting after I read the synopsis:

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, the mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeedon his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Japsy told me that the said book will be shown as movie in 2010. I still have a lot of time to read the book before the movie will be shown next year. Here’s the trailer: