The news is all abuzz about Microsoft releasing free Antivirus software recently. Indeed they have – Microsoft Security Essentials is available free of charge. So like any good techo, I need to take a look at this. I’m evaluating this from the perspective of finding out if it could replace Trend Micro WFBS on our client sites. I uninstalled Trend Micro WFBS 6.0 from my Windows 7 laptop, rebooted and installed the new Microsoft Security Essentials product. Install was pretty straight forward – I reckon my grandmother could do it.
Naturally I skipped over the EULA like most techos and that is not good. You see according to the EULA, MSE is free for home use and home based business use. It is NOT free for business not based at home. What this means is that the majority of my clients are not permitted to use this on their work computers. Strike One for MS.
Ok – so now it’s installed my laptop, I take a look at the application itself. It looks very simple indeed. I start to dig under the covers and find it’s already setup a scheduled scan for me. Great. Looking through the console I can see this is a pretty simple product. Obviously designed for the end user in mind, and not the techo.
In all our client sites, we really love the centralised management console that we have to control the systems configuration and reporting. This to me is mandatory for any product that I’ll use in the SMB space and NOT having it means that this product is worth less to me. No central management console – Strike Two.
No after using it for a few days (I started writing this a little bit back now), I’ve found some very “interesting” features. One of them is that the laptop fails to go into suspend mode. It just freezes and locks up. Hmm – did not have a problem with this with Trend. Strike Three and you’re out.
So in brief… this is a product designed for home use, NOT for small business use at all. If you want free AV supported by a name we all know, then this is certainly something to look at.