An year ago we launched Microsoft Security Essentials. I remember the day as I was looking at the Twitter stream to see the overall reactions and they were simply great! Further on, when I travelled, the main complaint I heard in some countries was: â€œWhy do we not have it?â€ and it is a fair question.
Now, one year is gone and where do we stand? I moved personally quite some PCs from different Anti-Malware vendors to Microsoft Security Essentials and do not say any reason anymore to pay for a solution. Most solutions (being red or yellow or any color) consume a lot of processing power to do things the OS or the applications you use already do like firewalls, spam filtering etc. I have seen it too often that this simply slowed the PC down and the user then decided to switch part of their protection offâ€¦ not really the goal of the exercise.
Typically I tell users to do three things when they run a Windows PC (and it is no different at all on any other platform):
- Let the Windows firewall switched on
- Use Automatic Updates for all Microsoft products (not â€œonlyâ€ Windows) and install the updates â€“ do not ignore the balloon! Do the same for any other software on your PC like Adobe Reader.
- Use Microsoft Security Essentials
What more do you need?
Now to the learning: Our Microsoft Malware Protection Center published some statistics here:.
So far we run on 31 million PCs! The interesting figure was the 27 million of those reported infections! So either they did not run anti-malware before or they did not renew their subscription beforehand. This is a real step forward to protect the ecosystem!
Look at the distribution outside the US:
Brazil did an outstanding job and so did Italy and especially the Netherlands if you compare the market size! I guess the other big ones like Germany, France, UK, China have room for improvement. Part of the problem here is that Microsoft Security Essentials needs a genuine copy of Windows as there is no real value in protecting something where malware came pre-installed and well-hidden in the stolen copy of the software.
Letâ€™s work together to protect our users and let the install-base grow!