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Windows 7: Is Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Firewall enough Security?

24 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 
Is Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Firewall enough Security?

Is the above enough security or should I be going for an anti-virus program as well?

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24 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

MSE is fine.
If you need extra security, Malware Bytes works well with MSE.
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24 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Microsoft Security Essentials provides basic protection unlike other suites
It may be enough for some persons but I'll suggest getting a full suite if you do a lot of online activities
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24 Apr 2011   #4

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Hello stilli and welcome to Seven Forums.

I've been using that exact combination since MSE was first released and it's worked well for me. Some here would say the same thing. Others would say that MSE is too basic, doesn't update often enough, scans too slow, misses too many things, etc. Ask 100 people what's best and you might get 100 different responses.

If you use common sense when surfing, know what sites you're visiting, don't click on unexpected email attachments, I think it will serve you well. I also use the free Malwarebytes for on-demand scans just in case MSE misses something (which it hasn't.)
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24 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Hello stilli and welcome to Seven Forums.

I've been using that exact combination since MSE was first released and it's worked well for me. Some here would say the same thing. Others would say that MSE is too basic, doesn't update often enough, scans too slow, misses too many things, etc. Ask 100 people what's best and you might get 100 different responses.

If you use common sense when surfing, know what sites you're visiting, don't click on unexpected email attachments, I think it will serve you well. I also use the free Malwarebytes for on-demand scans just in case MSE misses something (which it hasn't.)
Thank-You.
I do be careful with what I do on the net. It sounds like Malware Bytes is a good program. I shall give it a go. Thanks for the replies people
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24 Apr 2011   #6

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Malwarebytes is a good program. If you decide to try it, be careful where you download it from. There are some copycat sites that actually install malware on the unsuspecting user. You can download the official version from either CNET or Major Geeks.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Reviews and free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware downloads at Download.com

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Once installed make sure you update it before running a scan.
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24 Apr 2011   #7

 

Microsoft Security Essentials is probably the best free anti-virus software available. I don't have any comment on Windows Firewall though, as for me, it's being managed by another software firewall (Norton). Though you don't have web-protection, Internet Explorer's SmartScreen Filtering is apparently amazing. Otherwise, Google Chrome has amazing malicious .php blocking. I've heard good things about Mozilla Firefox too,
Hope you find this information somewhat helpful.
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24 Apr 2011   #8

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

stilli1988, what will you be using with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
Microsoft Security Essentials is probably the best free anti-virus software available.
That is not everyone's opinion.
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24 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
stilli1988, what will you be using with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
Microsoft Security Essentials is probably the best free anti-virus software available.
That is not everyone's opinion.
Just windows firewall and MSE
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24 Apr 2011   #10

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stilli1988 View Post
Is the above enough security or should I be going for an anti-virus program as well?
Add Sandboxie and you will be fine
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