I don't have much faith in these tests that claim one AV is doing worse than others because they are never consistant. Just the other day, someone posted a link to a site that (supposedly) reports real time test results of various free AVs and MSE was only one percent beelow the top AVs (something in the high eighties). So, which one is correct?
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Custom Build OS Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit CPU Intel i7-3930K Motherboard ASUS P9X79 WS Memory Kingston HyperX Genesis 32GB Kit (8x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR Graphics Card MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR Sound Card Asus Xonar Essence STX Monitor(s) Displays HP w2207h, Vizio 32" TV Screen Resolution 1680 x 1050, ?
Keyboard Logitech G110 Mouse Logitech M525 (two in use) PSU Corsair HX750w Case Antec Two Hundred v2 (modified) Cooling Cooler Master GeminII S524 120mm (fan replaced with a 140mm) Hard Drives Samsung 128GB 840 Pro SSD (1),
Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB (1),
Western Digital WD Black WD2001FASS-0 2TB (1),
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2 TB (6 stored externally, used to backup internal drives via 3.5" swap bay) Internet Speed fair to middlin' Antivirus AVAST!, MBAM, SAS, Spybot S&D (all but MBAM free) Browser IE10 Other Info LSI 9211-8i HBA card (8 SATA III ports), 2.5" & 3.5" Hot Swap Bays, HooToo HT-CR001 PCI-E to USB 3.0 Internal 3.0 Hub + 6 Slot Card Reader, and LG Model CH12LS28 BD-ROM Optical Drive. Also, ScanSnap S1500 ADF duplexing scanner, Canon 9000F flat bed scanner, Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers, Samsung CLP 415nw laser color printer, Cyberpower PP2200SW UPS
Personally, I'll use whichever AV that doesn't act like a virus itself. Right now, at least among the freebies, only MSE seems to fit that bill since Avast is going the way of the bloated dodo and AVG is, well, AVG.
'course, the best AV one can ever get is a smart user.
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number N/A (custom-built) OS Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 CPU Intel Core i7 2700K @ 3.5GHz (TurboBoost disabled) Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Memory 16GB (4x4GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz @ 1333MHz Graphics Card Nvidia EVGA GeForce 560 Ti 448 Cores Sound Card Realtek High Definition Audio (motherboard integrated) Monitor(s) Displays NEC Multisync EX231W Screen Resolution 1920x1080 @ 60Hz via DVI-D
Keyboard Steelseries 6Gv2 Mouse Steelseries Sensei RAW Glossy, Logitech M500 PSU Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 Case Antec 300 Cooling Air-cooling Hard Drives 2x Western Digital 1TB SATA3 Caviar Black Internal HDD // 1x WD 500GB USB 3.0 "My Passport Essential" External HDD // 1x WD 1TB USB 3.0 "My Passport Essential" External HDD // 2x WD 2TB USB 3.0 "My Passport Essential" External HDD Internet Speed DSL Antivirus Microsoft Security Essentials Browser Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Chromium, IE9
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number My Own Build OS Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8 Pro 64 bit CPU Intel i7 3770 Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Memory 16GB GSkill Ripsaw F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL Graphics Card Sapphire HD7770 Sound Card RealTek Monitor(s) Displays Viewsonic VA2448 Series 24" LED Screen Resolution 1920X1080
Keyboard Microsoft Wireless 2000 Mouse Logitech Wireless PSU Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620M Modular Case Coolermaster HAF XM Cooling Corsair H80 Liquid cooling with aftermarket Nexus quiet fans Hard Drives 240GB Intel 520 SSD for Win 7
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD for Win 8
1 TB Seagate drive for backup Internet Speed 40 MB/sec (Cable) Antivirus Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes Browser I.E10/Firefox Other Info Sonar X3c 64 bit Professional Version Recording Software with Roland Octa-Capture and MAudio Fast Track Ultra 8R recording interfaces, Frontier Tranzport wireless control unit, Behringer BCF2000 Control Surface.
Five USB connected optical drives for CD Audio production using Nero 11
Other systems: Desktop with i5 3550 CPU, LenovoZ560 Laptop with Win 7 64 bit HP, SP1, new iPad
System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell Hell oh Well OS Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit CPU Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Memory Not much with my ADHD Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 4350 Monitor(s) Displays I have one...It's bright. A 19 inch CRT actually.
Keyboard It's 10 years old and amazingly still works Mouse Same deal with the mouse, 10 yrs old, if it ain't broke... Case Don't get on my case...man :D Cooling I have an Air Conditioner & Diet Pepsi Hard Drives 250 GB Main Drive, 2 - 1 TB Externals, various FD's.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Customized build from CyberPower OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1 CPU Intel i5 2500k Motherboard Asus P8P67 Deluxe Memory 8 gigabytes Corsair PC3-12800 DDR3 Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 460 superclocked Sound Card Integrated Monitor(s) Displays ViewSonic 23" LCD Screen Resolution 1980 x 1080
Keyboard Logitech USB Mouse Microsoft 3 button PSU Coolermaster 1000 watt modular Case Coolermaster HAF X full tower Cooling Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus Hard Drives 120 Gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD
120 Gb Kingston Hyper X SSD
1 Tb WD Caviar Black HDD Internet Speed download 1.5 Mb/sec upload 300Kb/sec
I have used MSE for a long time and have had no problems. I also don't know what test are correct and which ones are not.
I do believe that the testers are going to start leaning away from MSE for one reason.
How many companies offer a free anti virus without trying to sell you a upgraded version (Pro) other than Microsoft? The millions and millions of computers that have MSE on them now would of had another brand free anti virus if it wasn't for MSE. That would give those other brand companies the possibility of selling upgrades. These so call independent studies done by companies know who butters their bread and it isn't Microsoft. I use MSE and MAM Pro active. If MSE stops doing it's job it's gone and I will buy another brand.
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Home made Desktop OS Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1 CPU Intel i7-4820-E Motherboard ASUS X79 Sabertooth Memory G.SKILL Trident X Series-2400/32 Gb Graphics Card Asus GTX-770 Monitor(s) Displays Asus 27" LED LCD Screen Resolution 1920-1080 or 1280-720 HDMI
Keyboard M/S 5000 wireless Mouse M/S 5000 wireless PSU Corsair AX-860i Platinum Case Phanteks Enthoo Primo Cooling XSPC 360 Dual pump water cooling Hard Drives INTEL SSD 530 250 Gb Sata 3.0/
Seagate 300 Gb - 7200 rpm Hard Drive Internet Speed 3.0 mb Antivirus Microsoft Security Eesentials/ Malwarebytes Professional Browser I.E. 11 default/Firefox Other Info LG BluRay Burner/
Asus Router RTN-12
Computer type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Pavilion P7-1010 OS Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1 CPU AMD Athlon X4 645 Motherboard Foxxcon N-Alvorix RS880 Memory 6GB DDR3 1066 Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 512MB Sound Card Realtek Integrated Audio Monitor(s) Displays HP 2011x Screen Resolution 1600x900
Keyboard HP OEM- Made by Chicony Mouse HP OEM- Made by Logitech PSU Seasonic S12 II Bronze 380 Watt Case HP OEM Cooling Coolermaster Heatsink, AVC Case Fan Hard Drives 1. Crucial M4 128GB SSD
2. 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 RPM
3. 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green 5400RPM Internet Speed 20MBit Down/4 Up Antivirus Microsoft Security Essentials Browser Internet Explorer 10
I can say that I've been using MSE since installing Win 7 and its done a good job. I was infected awhile back (first time in 16 years) after clicking on a search link for a weightlifting site then while reading there Malwarebytes Pro opened and gave me the various options you get in that situation. I chose to clean the thing but it did not stop it from infecting. So being careful (nothing indicated the site would be prone to attack), MSE, and Malwarebytes all failed on that occasion. Sandboxie is always a good addition.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Homebuilt OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit CPU Core i7 920 Motherboard Asus P6T Memory Corsair XMS 12GB Graphics Card Asus EAH5850 Sound Card Asus Xonar D1 Monitor(s) Displays HP 2709m Screen Resolution 1920x1080
Keyboard Microsoft Natural Ergo 4000 Mouse Microsoft Wireless Optical 1000 PSU Thermaltake TR2 RX 850 Case Lian Li PC-B70 Cooling CPU-Noctua NH D14, GPU-Stock, Case-Noctua 2x140, 2x120 Hard Drives Intel X25 120GB SSD; Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (1), Green 1TB (2), Green 2TB (1) Internet Speed Cable Other Info HP bd 340,
HP bd 240,
Klipsch Promedia 5.1 THX
I've used MSE since having this notebook, and have had no problems at all, MSE doesn't drain my system's resources like other paid bloated AV real-time protection programs like Norton 360.
These studies will criticize free programs, in order to push users towards the paid versions of AV programs with the same or even less effectiveness against virus attacks. I also have the free version of Malwarebytes and TDSS.
Computer type Laptop System Manufacturer/Model Number HP Pavilion dm1 Notebook PC OS Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64 CPU AMD E-450 APU (64-Bit) @ 1.65GHz Dual-Core Motherboard HP 3387 36.0A (Socket FT1) Memory 4GB DDR3 @ 676MHz Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 6320 Graphics Sound Card Beats Audio - IDT High Definition Audio CODEC Monitor(s) Displays LCD HP Monitor Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 @ 60Hz
Keyboard Standard PS/2 Keyboard Mouse Synaptics TouchPad V 7.5/Logitech USB Wireless PSU Microsoft Composite Battery - ACPI Case HP Cooling HP Cool Sense Hard Drives 500GB - SATA Hitachi HTS547550A9E384 Internet Speed 52.0 Mbps Antivirus Microsoft Security Essentials Browser Opera 15; Firefox 25.1; IE 11 Other Info NIC - Broadcom 4313GN 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter
Belkin Black Laptop Cooling Stand
Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification