Microsoft Security Essentials Alert – Recognizing a Spoof of Microsoft’s Anti-Virus Software

You’re well into your morning routine – coffee in hand, checking your email, reading Facebook – when a security prompt pops up on your computer screen. You’ve never seen this sort of alert before, but right at the top, it says “Microsoft Security Essentials Alert.” Microsoft Security Essentials, or MSE, is Microsoft’s free anti-virus software available as a download on Microsoft’s website.