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Microsoft Security Essentials

  • Published:
  • Version: 4.10.0209.0
  • Category: Application
  • Language: English

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up-to-date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology.

    Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you’re free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

    Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.


Status: Live

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SHA1: 98b98f456bc2f8c95dacf45360885fa949e7ee71
14.13 MB
SHA1: 6e7ec8aad8322253980c7037f01d1d4bfef95570
11.44 MB

File sizes and hashes are retrieved from the Wayback Machine’s indexes. They may not match the latest versions of files hosted on Microsoft servers.

System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista

  • Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials

    Operating System: Windows Vista (Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2)*; Windows 7*

    • For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.
    • VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher.
    • 200 MB of available hard disk space.
    • An Internet connection is required for installation and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials.
    • Internet Browser

Installation Instructions

  • Click the Download button on this page to start the download, or choose a different language from the drop-down list and click Go.