Today Microsoft released their free anti-virus product, Security Essentials. It uses the same Forefront engine as their enterprise class products, slimmed down and simplified for the average home user. Its been tested against other free and commercial anti-virus solutions, with various conclusions drawn on its effectiveness. Overall, its a great product, and simple for currently unprotected Windows users to get and install. It will automatically update itself, has realtime scanning, and you can schedule quick or full scans for any time and day of the week.
Christopher pointed out these great videos by Mike Laverick to supplement his forthcoming book. I know what I’m doing for the next few hours! They’re in Flash video format at 1024×768, so most netbook users won’t be able to see all the action, and there’s no transport controls, so make sure you have enough time to finish the clip when you start it (the clips vary in length from 10 to 30 minutes), or you’ll get to “review” the content when you come back to finish it.