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Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an antivirus computer program that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses. It uses the same antimalware foundation as other Microsoft antivirus products, although it lacks the centralized management features of some of them. This product runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not on Windows 8, which has a built-in antivirus component. The included license agreement allows home users and small businesses to install and use the software free of charge.
The announcement of Microsoft Security Essentials elicited mixed reactions from the antivirus industry. Symantec, McAfee and Kaspersky Lab, three competing independent software vendors (ISVs), dismissed it as a worthy competitor and predicted its failure. AVG Technologies and Avast Software, however, appreciated it for its potential to expand the consumers' choice of antivirus software. Meanwhile, AVG, McAfee, Sophos and Trend Micro said that the integration of Microsoft Security Essentials into Microsoft Windows would be a violation of competition law.
Despite the industry response, Microsoft Security Essentials has received generally positive reviews. Reviewers praised its user-interface, low resource usage and freeware license. Microsoft Security Essentials passed the antivirus lab tests of AV-TEST.org and secured AV-TEST.org certification, having shown the ability to eliminate all widespread malware. According to OPSWAT Inc., on March 2012, Microsoft Security Essentials was the most popular antivirus product in North America and the second most popular in the world. Due to its popularity, several rogue antivirus programs that try to impersonate it have appeared.
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