There have always been potential dangers associated with connecting your computer to the internet, but in recent years the threat of viruses and malware infections has increased. There are a number of free tools available that can be used to combat these threats, but most concentrate on just one type of malware - such as antivirus software which only offers protection against viruses, but not spyware. Microsoft Security Essentials is a complete security package which has been designed to offer protection against a wide range of different types of malware.
Real-time protection sees the program constantly monitoring your computer for signs of suspicious activity which may be indicative of a malware infection, while scheduled scans help to ensure that your hard drive is free from viruses and spyware at all times. Any suspicious items that are detected are automatically moved into quarantine where they cannot cause any damage, and regular updates helps to ensure that the program offers protection against all of the latest threats.
As computers are now home to so much irreplaceable data and personal information, the need for security software has never been greater. Rather than relying on several tools to fortify your computer against different threat, turn to Microsoft Security Essentials for all-in-one protection. Unlike some other similar tools, this package is incredibly simple to use and makes light use of system resources, so you can keep your computer and data safe without suffering from reduced performance.
The latest v2.1 introduces a new Antimalware engine, amongst other improvements.
Note that this is the version for Windows XP [32-bit only].