Microsoft’s Security Essentials anti-virus and malware tool has removed “366 million threats from users’ computers” since its launch a year ago (Happy 1st Birthday1), the software firm claims. “More than 1.5 million copies were downloaded in the first week, and a year later there’re 30 million users worldwide,” said Cliff Evans, head of security and privacy at Microsoft UK. “Since launch, Security Essentials has achieved wide coverage of 259 locations around the world,” he said.
The UK has the third highest number of active users after the US and Brazil, followed by Germany, Japan and France. “Awareness of Security Essentials is high in UK, and we’re talking to numerous banks about encouraging customers to use it, Evans told Computer Weekly.
The software has expanded from an initial 17 countries and eight languages to 74 countries and 25 languages, but is on track to achieve the target of 83 countries and 33 languages in 2010, he said.