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Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP 1.0 Final Download
Microsoft Security Essentials Download Info
This freeware works most of the time invisible in the background. has an On-Access-Scanner, that will scan all files that are processed by the system. Also there is an On-Demand-Scanner, that will check user specified files and folders on your hard-disk.
Most of the time this software will work min the background. Just if it find obvious infected files you will see a popup, that will give hints, what you could do.
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I found Microsoft essentials to be in essence an anti virus program and it worked well in my opinion, I was unable to find any faults with this and that surprised me.
The software runs in the background and only pops up if and when there is an action required, this being for you to update the program or for making a decision of what to do with an infected file.
The software can be set-up to run schedule scans and even if the computer is in use at the scheduled time it will wait till the computer become free.
In my opinion Microsoft finally got something right, a good piece of software for detecting those unwanted threats.