Note from PC Pitstop: We recently asked our TechTalk contributors to recommend a favorite FREE application or tool that they currently use. This post is the response from Windows Observer.
Protect Your PC for Free
By Richard Hay for Windows Observer
There is a saying that nothing in life is free however, I do believe that there are some very good free software programs that you should use on your system to help maintain it, keep it free of malware and viruses and even provide technical support to family and friends.
There are of course many other free offerings out there but these recommendations are based on a very personal experience the application.
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) by Microsoft
This recommendation should come as no surprise to anyone who is a regular reader of this site or listener to the Observed Tech PODCAST.
I started using MSE when it was first offered as a beta from Microsoft and have been using it ever since on all of the PC’s in our home. In all of that time we have not once suffered an infection or malware attack. Now it is not the sole job of the software to keep us free of those types of infections either. The gray matter that resides between your mouse finger and what you see on the screen is a very big part of keeping your system clean and free of infections and attacks. You must have good computing habits across the board. And yes, on a couple of occasions when my own gray matter has not been properly engaged, MSE has caught things for me and kept the system free of viruses/malware.
MSE can be downloaded from Microsoft at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials and is available for systems running Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.