Windows Essentials 2012 16.4.3503.0728

A pack of crucial tools from Microsoft

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    Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free

Windows Essentials 2012, which a free download from Microsoft, is an antivirus software program that protects your computer from viruses, spyware and other types of malware, including Trojan horses, rootkits and more. Although not yet compatible with Windows 8, Windows Essential 2012 runs on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Special Features of Windows Essentials 2012?

Windows Essentials 2012 offers many features that make it popular with users beyond just being an effective antivirus program. It also provides your computer with protection against spyware, Trojans and various types of malicious software. It offers the user the option of running quick or full scans as well as scheduled scans.

With scheduled scans, the software will automatically start scanning at the designated time. It runs so quiet and efficiently, you’ll barely know it’s running. This contrasts with the many antivirus programs that bog down your system and use a lot of system resources.

Since it automatically keeps itself up to date, you’ll never have to worry about downloading and installing updates. If the program suspects there may be malicious software entering your computer, it will block its entry and notify you so you can decide how you want to handle it. If, for some reason, you’re not available when an issue arises, the program will handle it in the manner set in the default settings.

When you first install the program, you can go to the settings and make changes to how you want things handled. You’ll never have to worry or wonder if your computer is clean between scans because Windows. This is because Essentials gives you a “green light” indicating that all’s good with your system. The software may also create a System Restore of your computer if this was the designated action in the default settings.

Additionally, Windows Essentials sends a report of all suspicious activity to Microsoft Active Protective Service to see if there were other reports of this malware and to ensure they get the latest virus definition, which is instantly downloaded to your computer. You don’t have to do any of this yourself – Windows Essentials 2012 does it all for you.

This antivirus software not only provides protection for your computer but also keeps you informed on when the last scan and update was done just in case you choose manual scans. Users can also enjoy the Help section, which answers any questions they may have. Windows Essentials 2012 is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Pros of Windows Essentials 2012

  • Free
  • Easy to download and install
  • Does updates automatically
  • Offers full, custom, manual or automatic scans
  • Shows green icon when machine is clean
  • Available in various languages
  • Information easy to understand
  • Simpler user interface
  • Rated highly by independent labs

Cons of Windows Essentials 2012

  • Doesn’t work with Windows 8
  • Weaker protection with Windows XP
  • Only average protection with malware blocking and removal
  • Some threats left behind upon supposed removal

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