Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) released by Microsoft last year is one of the best free antivirus programs available over web. This software provides real-time protection for your home PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Being completely free of cost, it is highly appreciated over the world. If you are currently running with Microsoft Security Essentials, here is a handle tool named “Security Essentials Screensaver” for you.
You may recollect that Avast antivirus had a screensaver which scanned your Windows computer (just like doing a normal on-demand scan) when the screen saver is on. Exactly: Security Essentials screensaver is the screensaver-style version of Microsoft’s popular antivirus that scans your system for viruses using MSEwhen your system is idle – pretty cool.
Security Essential Screensaver works like an ordinary screensaver but it is really a new and innovative screensaver. It takes over the monitor whenever you don’t use the computer for a scheduled period of time. While active, Security Screensaver updates the antivirus signature file and performs a complete system scan automatically in the background.
To install this screensaver to your PC, you will need to download its zip file from the link which I give at bottom. You’ll find two different executables in Security Screensaver: one that displays the program’s logo while working in the background, and one that doesn’t display anything – just a plain, black screen.
Security screensaver: The size of this screensaver is 1.01 Mb. when triggered will perform an update and scan and a cmd prompt will be visable during the process showing the update progress and scan progress and when it completes it will start an actual screensaver featuring the castle logo from Microsoft Security Essentials.
Security Screensaver NG (No Graphics): The size of this screensaver is 287 Kb and here NG means no graphics. when triggered will perform an update and scan but will do so completely silently, so no window will be present showing the progress of the update and scan. When it completes the update and scan it will not trigger an actual screensaver.
You can choose the one you want and set it as your default screensaver by right-clicking on the file and selecting “Install”. It works on Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2) and Windows 7