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Windows 7: MSE and other security software

21 Apr 2011   #1
RaDiCaL1ab

Windows 7 Ult 64bit
 
 
MSE and other security software

What other software (ie. malware, spyware, anti-virus, firewall etc.) should I have installed and running after MSE is installed on my computer? Is MSE up to the task of taking over some of this software that I can potentially uninstall now? Lastly, what security software in your opinion should I have?


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21 Apr 2011   #2
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I suggest to install Mawarebytes. It works great with MSE.
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21 Apr 2011   #3
Archmage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I agree with Stalker. Malwarebytes and MSE are great for protection.
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21 Apr 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

SAS is pretty good too - as a scanner. MSE is so, so. I prefer Norton - NIS2011. I also recommend WinPatrol as additional protection.
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21 Apr 2011   #5
RaDiCaL1ab

Windows 7 Ult 64bit
 
 

I've heard that Norton and Symantec have become so bloated and resource hogs that it is not advised anymore. Not to knock you whs, its just what I've been seeing. Thanks for all the quick responses....I will get MW and give it a go since that seems to be the general consensus.
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21 Apr 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I run MSE and occassionally scan with malwarebytes. About once a month I update SpywareBlaster and run that.
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21 Apr 2011   #7
RaDiCaL1ab

Windows 7 Ult 64bit
 
 

Haven't done a SP-1 install as it crashed my system the first time. I do use and advise everyone to use Acronis and B/U to external drive as well as another partition...you never know...
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21 Apr 2011   #8
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Keep Windows Firewall enabled or install a 3rd party one.

Periodically run an on-demand scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Hitman Pro.

Configure Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v2.0 to run your web browsers, office suites, media players, PDF readers, flash players and Java under it.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by radical1ab View Post
I've heard that Norton and Symantec have become so bloated and resource hogs that it is not advised anymore.
That was the consensus years ago, not now.
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21 Apr 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by radical1ab View Post
I've heard that Norton and Symantec have become so bloated and resource hogs that it is not advised anymore. Not to knock you whs, its just what I've been seeing. Thanks for all the quick responses....I will get MW and give it a go since that seems to be the general consensus.
MSE is a much bigger resource hog than NS2011. I run NIS2011 on 3 systems and MSE on 3 of my wife's systems (because she has a much less demanding environment). I think you should not listen to hearsay from people that have no idea what they are talking about.

We caught 2 nasties with MSE, never any with Norton which I use since 2007. Fortunately we do frequent imaging - which by the way is your best protection.

Also, SAS finds things that MWB does not find. Use both.
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21 Apr 2011   #10
Archmage

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
...Configure Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v2.0 to run your web browsers, office suites, media players, PDF readers, flash players and Java under it.
Hmmm... I want to learn more about this. Never heard about this tool.
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