Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k
MSE...is a mid-range product at best.
Not hardly. It is an excellent offering that has been certified right along side other top tier (paid and free) offerings by respected independent labs like,
MSE should be considered as a viable solution by anyone looking for a good anti-malware solution. "Bashing" others by calling them fanbois because they like a product is really unnecessary, at best. The fact of the matter is, many people have resolved performance issues by uninstalling their fancy (often expensive) bloated security suites, enabling Windows Firewall and installing MSE. It is a simple, effective anti-malware solution that Microsoft got right this time and for that reason, is often recommended. I use it (and Windows Firewall) because I grew disenchanted with McAfee, then NIS, then ZoneAlarm, then again with AVG, then again with Comodo after each became more and more bloated and troublesome.
MSE and Windows Firewall are often recommended because they are probably the easiest to use for inexperienced and less disciplined users. They are more "set and forget" than most, and they update through Windows Update. That alone would not be good enough for recommendation if they were not effective. But it is important to note that 100s of millions of users are using Windows Firewall, and near that many are using MSE. And the vast majority of the nearly 1 Billion Windows users are using Windows Update at the default (fully automatic) settings with no
That said, I agree, if your current solution is working fine for you, don't switch! After all, it is the user
that is always
the weakest link.
Also, I note that Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program only. It is not an anti-virus program. MSE is an anti-malware program used to protect against spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, ect. Installing MSE usually disables Windows Defender. But after installing MSE, I would recommend uninstalling Windows Defender.
Finally, I note richc46 correctly said in reference to MSE, it was "one" of the best. He did not say it was the best. There is no product that stands out as best because no product does just one thing - and no product is best at everything.