In the past, I have had a difficult time using the terms Microsoft and security in the same sentence without bursting into laughter. Yet after seeing Microsoft’s latest anti-malware tool known as MSE, I think that we might finally see the Redmond giant releasing a tool that actually works as advertised.

In the past, Microsoft was content to allow its OS bugs to be handled by third party vendors. Most of them are out there to offer end users great software, while there have been some that were actually installing malware of their own under the guise of protecting your computer.

Today, however, it appears that Microsoft’s Security Essentials software may very well be the kind of thing that could put a lot of consumer level anti-malware vendors out of business. Consider the fact that this app from Microsoft does it all and is free, something tells me consumer level security vendors might be left scrambling to compete with something that might not be too much for them.

Considering the fantastic performance, lack of price, and the fact that it does it all from malware, viruses, rootkits, and so on, I would think that there are going to be a number of security execs out there dealing with some sleepless nights.

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