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Windows 7: is 2 antivirus excessive

15 Aug 2010   #11
richc46

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I think MSE is set for quick on defaualt, check the settings


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15 Aug 2010   #12
jhd17

windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

i think i shall go for it, uninstall avg and keep mes, and maybe look into other av metioned in the thread. I was never sure about microsoft sercurity essentials when i saw it in other threads due to the fact that some of there software such as WMP and ie8 both seeming to be a bit glitchy but this looks good
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15 Aug 2010   #13
richc46

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Based upon the opinion of most members MSE is best. It was made just for windows. The others are "one size fits many"
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15 Aug 2010   #14
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Based upon the opinion of most members MSE is best. It was made just for windows. The others are "one size fits many"
Not only is it made just for Windows, but MS has made multiple versions specifically for different versions of Windows (Win XP, Win Vista/7 32-bit, and Win Vista/7 64-bit). As you said, most other companies use a "one-size fits all" mentality.
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15 Aug 2010   #15
jhd17

windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

why do people say macs are pretty much virus proof
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15 Aug 2010   #16
richc46

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For the money they cost, they should be made of gold.
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15 Aug 2010   #17
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

They aren't. Macs are just targeted less in the wild than Windows is.
On occasions they have competitions to see who can hack what the fastest for cash and prizes.
Macs are usually the first to fall from the ones Ive seen.


Norton scanned less files because it flags certain "known good" or "trusted" files and does not rescan them unless:
The file changed or its doing a full system scan.

A few other AVs have a similar behavior.

I agree with the others however, find one you like and run just the one active scanner.
As well as Malwarebytes as a secondary on demand.


MSE is probably the best free alternative out atm.
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15 Aug 2010   #18
jhd17

windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

has anyone heard of ParetoLogic, rad that it's pretty good but just wanted an opinion
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15 Aug 2010   #19
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jhd17 View Post
why do people say macs are pretty much virus proof
The "pretty much" is the most important part of the claim, because no one can say what "pretty much" actually means.

Basically, the claim is made because not too many people use Macs. 90% of computers run windows, but only 7% run Macs. Like most software, Viruses made for one will not run on the other. So a virus maker wanting to hit 97% of computer users would have to do almost twice as much work than if he just made the version for Windows. The main purpose of Malware these days is to make money. Rogue security software alone make virus makers millions of dollars each year. When it comes down to it, that 7% seems insignificant to most virus makers.

On the other hand, Macs cost a lot compared to PCs. Some Virus makers also come to the conclusion that anyone willing to pay twice as much for a Mac, most have a lot of money they don't mind spending. Going off of this assumption a minority of virus makers take the time to create viruses for Macs.

Macs have less viruses made for them, but staying virus free is a very bad reason to buy a Mac.
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15 Aug 2010   #20
richc46

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There are many more windows users than Mac. Those jerks that write these virus are very proud. They actually have meetings on how many computers they infected. I say proud to be nice, but there are a lot of other words I prefer to use.
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