Microsoft Security Essentials Release Is Near

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Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft has sent out an email to it's 75,000 Security essentials beta testers today, thanking them for their help, reccomending they upgrade and confirming that it's free anti virus software would be available to the public "in the coming weeks".
The application is designed to provide real-time protection against viruses, spyware, rootkit, and Trojans for Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista/7 32-bit, and Windows Vista/7 64-bit systems. It was initially known as Microsoft Morro, until an early build was leaked in June, forcing Microsoft to launch it's beta testing. Security essentials has been introduced, as a free application, to eventually replace the paid-for Live OneCare service. This came as a suprise to many.
If you are using the current beta version, then Microsoft advise you to upgrade to the latest build by clicking Upgrade Now in the Home tab, or Upgrade Microsoft Security Essentials in the Help menu.
It will be interesting to see how this compares to both the free and paid-for alternatives that are developed by dedicated anti-virus software companies. Discuss in our Forums.
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16-09-2009, 06:26:56

Have OCZ improved the phenomenally fast Vertex SSD to reclaim the performance crown? Take a look at our latest review...


Full review HERE

16-09-2009, 07:34:45

It's fast. It's also a little over £2.50 a gig, a little under when the online stores massage it a bit.

I'm interested in this optimizer, in terms of how prone it could be to screw up the disk.

1. Does the OS recognize it as being in-use. Especially in regards to closing down.

2. If there's a power-off, or maybe a power failure, would it condemn the drive.

I'm guessing it judges itself when "idle" actually is. If u happen to want to do something whilst it's in the middle of "optimizing", do u have to w8 for it to finish, or does it just break off what it's doing - indeed, is it like a sleeping drive waking up.

16-09-2009, 07:42:02

It works just like a defrag tool m8 in that respect. It will only optimise the drive when idle. Closing the PC down will obviously read/write files to/from the drive so it will no longer be idle. Dunno what would happen if the pc shut down 'unexpectedly' while the drive was being optimised.

16-09-2009, 07:44:42

U reckon it'd be like closing down a pc that's in the middle of a defrag.

More importantly to that maybe, would a chkdsk have a chance to solve the issue afterwards.

16-09-2009, 07:50:13

I don't think the drive would be mashed if thats what you're getting at. It would just be fragmented and performance would suffer as a result until the drive was optimised fully.

16-09-2009, 08:33:47

I think your best bet would be to send it to me and I'll test it for a few years and let you know :P

In other news, great review as always W3bbo, shame about the mental price. Even for 120 SSD it's steep, especially as it doesn't hit the speeds it says :(

16-09-2009, 11:02:34

turbos are a limited edition (they're only oc'd by 14MHz) and prolly won't be sold for much longer; although support will still continue.
OCZ are hoping to eventually bring all standard Vertex drives up to the same speed

the built in "optimizer" is called garbage collection or GC for short. this does rearrange some of the data while idle (best way is to log off and let the PC sit for a while) to fill contiguous blocks and reduce write amplification

once the next firmware is finalised for the std. vertex drives, it will also be released for turbos

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