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Windows 7: Do Ii Need Both Microsoft Security Essentials and another AV

08 Sep 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
Do Ii Need Both Microsoft Security Essentials and another AV

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08 Sep 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

... and yet how many people run more than one av?
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08 Sep 2010   #3

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

MSE is a good product, most people would be OK to stick with just MSE, and it's free. if you are really paranoid, an additional non-realtime a/v program (like clamwin, also free) or a professional (as in paid for) a/v may give you peace of mind. best not to have two realtime av programs scanning your applications at the same time tho. disable the realtime scanning on one and use it to occasionally do a manual scan of your system as a second line of defence.
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08 Sep 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I recommend reading the article which I linked.
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08 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 U/64
 
 

I have been useing Microsoft Security Essentials since joining this fine forum. I did my own test to see if this was indeed a good product. I have some software links with known Trojans in them. When i open them up MSE came up and stop them in their tracks. So i was convince that it is a good software to use.
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08 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm a single AV person and MSE is my tool of choice.
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08 Sep 2010   #7

 

There is no framework for malware. They don't all operate one way, or follow carefuly defined rules. They do whatever they can to achieve their goals, limited only by the technical knowledge and creativity of their programmer.

I think "cyber defense," to use a trite phrase, should be the same way. Use whatever you can. Use whatever works. Don't get tied into the idea that one AV is the best, just because everyone uses it. Life experience should be enough to prove that just because something is popular, doesn't necessarily mean its the best choice. Since almost every major Av developer offers a free trial, why not spend some time checking them all out.

Try MSE. Try G-Data. Try Eset. Try Avast, try em all. Try investing in a heavy-duty firewall, like Outpost Firewall, and see how that works. Try all kinds of stuff. Malware cannot be classified simply and fitted in a perfect mold, and neither can malware defense.
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08 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dranfu View Post
There is no framework for malware. They don't all operate one way, or follow carefuly defined rules. They do whatever they can to achieve their goals, limited only by the technical knowledge and creativity of their programmer.

I think "cyber defense," to use a trite phrase, should be the same way. Use whatever you can. Use whatever works. Don't get tied into the idea that one AV is the best, just because everyone uses it. Life experience should be enough to prove that just because something is popular, doesn't necessarily mean its the best choice. Since almost every major Av developer offers a free trial, why not spend some time checking them all out.

Try MSE. Try G-Data. Try Eset. Try Avast, try em all. Try investing in a heavy-duty firewall, like Outpost Firewall, and see how that works. Try all kinds of stuff. Malware cannot be classified simply and fitted in a perfect mold, and neither can malware defense.
Best post I have seen in a while. Thanks I will continue doing what I do best and that is just what you posted.
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11 Sep 2010   #9

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
... and yet how many people run more than one av?
I do.
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11 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
... and yet how many people run more than one av?
I guess lots of people put themselves into risky situations and feel they need extra protection.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
... and yet how many people run more than one av?
I do.
Dinesh...have you really found that one product misses a bunch of stuff and the other one catches it? Because in my own personal experience getting a virus or worm, is extremely rare. I'd estimate I've had my AV stop something or warn maybe 5 times total in the past 3 years across all of the systems that I use both at work and at home. At home, I also run random scans of malware bytes...but it never finds anything either. Therefore, I'm not sure that I would benefit in any way by using multiple products.


Edit: I think that people who do the 2 AV thing...are the type that spend an overwhelming majority of their time installing and running applications that are supposed to keep their computer running well. They do daily images, they defrag every other hour, they run reg cleaners on windows startup, they scan for malware, etc. I'm not even sure when they find time to actually use the computer in a way that would let it get compromised
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