With Windows 7 making buzz round the corner the security and protection have been started to get consolidated for pc running windows 7 operating systems. After all this time it seems that Microsoft has finally come out with their own malware and virus protection software. Yes, they did have windows defender but that one didn't work that well. Now Microsoft Security Essentials or MSE for short is available for download and it's free.
This program is not just for windows 7. It's available for Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista 32 and 64 bit versions, and Windows 7 32 and 64 bit versions. Most windows users now have access to this software that should be a good solution to fighting spyware, trojans, viruses, and other malicious programs that can get on your machine.
When you install this, it will want to get rid of windows defender and turn off other malware and virus programs on your machine. If you don't like this program, you can just get rid of it and use your old ones.
The benefits of this is that you don't have to pay a yearly fee for your virus scanner anymore if you don't want to. Hopefully Microsoft will be most up to date on the nasty programs that are getting onto their operating system so they can keep people protected.
The reason they have come out with this program is because according to their estimates more than half a windows users have no protection like this. Once something like a worm gets out of control half of the systems could be infected because they aren't protected at all.
A couple things to keep in mind though are that you still need to keep your firewall protection up on your computer and on your router for more complete protection.
MSE also doesn't have a good solution for the registry problems the operating system can have. From time to time the registry has errors and corruptions that need to be fixed. Getting a registry cleaner will scan the system for errors and fix them for you.