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Windows 7: Anti Virus Software Question

21 Jun 2012   #11
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Malewarebytes free is a good program that doesn't use resources unless you manually scan the system. A good extra scan to have to make sure you aren't infected, but it will not 'protect' you from anything.

MSE will, as it actively protects your system (both MSE and malwarebytes can be installed together). What I like most about it is how little the resource consumption is of it. I too play games now and again and it works very well with them running. You can disable MSE (turn off real-time protection) when you play games that aren't connected to the internet to get every last ounce of juice, but you probably won't see too much of any kind of benefit unless your computer's hardware is low or medium end.

MSE works well, but it isn't "the best" antivirus. If you are looking to put your computer into a vault against online attacks, there are other paid-for subscriptions that you may want to look into. However, because it rates very high, works well with the OS, gets updated with windows updates automatically, and uses few resources, I use it exclusively on computers that are for personal use, and I add malwarebytes with MSE on computers that require security (business computers).

Hope everyone here has given you enough ideas on what you might want to do. Keep in mind, everyone has an idea on what 'works for them', and what the 'best security solution' is. That is because everyone is different with different experiences.

In my opinion, most of the well-known antiviruses all protect against the same basic things. Every company will send out antivirus updates to protect against new malware. Some get the updates out faster than others, but for the most part, they will have your back, despite the "ratings system" invented by antivirus testers. Chances are, you will not need to worry about "zero day attacks" because they are brand new and not widely used yet. Once noticed, your antivirus should provide an update to protect against them. That is why I use an antivirus that is low on resources, such as MSE. Although I am sure there are others out there that are just as good.

Computers that are preyed upon most are ones with very old software (such as IE6 or old versions of Java). You might get a simple virus every now and again from a bad website, but usually your antivirus will stop it. If it doesn't stop it right away, the malware probably isn't effecting your computer very much. The antivirus should be monitoring incoming and outgoing data, so you needn't worry over it stealing your info. To be extra safe, the antiviruses come with full scans so that you might make sure nothing is residing in your computer.

Some people don't even use antivirus software because they believe 'safe browsing' is all you need to be protected. They also claim that they don't have any viruses on their computer. Problem is, even safe websites can get hacked. But it is true, the best way to avoid a virus is to avoid unknown websites.

Make sure you keep windows and all software on your computer updated. Have an antivirus running and stay away from unknown websites. Do this, and you shouldn't have to worry about a thing.


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21 Jun 2012   #12
scottls59901

Windows 7 Pro (32)
 
 
The Best Free AntiVirus for Windows 7 is Avira, and No WD...

I don't know where people get their saying MSE has high detection rates, as all the independent tests I can find rate it Last!?
MSE also Only auto-updates once daily.
MSE scans are Very Slow.

-For Free I'd go with #1 Avira, and manually Schedule it to auto-update every 3hrs...
-For Paid I Really like my #1 Emsisoft Anti-Malware (no pesky SurfGuard, and daily Fast C: scans!).
EAM also has a Gaming Mode, for No interruptions...
I surf 99% surf with Safe/Virtual (no write to system...) free sandboxie!
Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing

-No matter what AV you use, you need to Fully Disable ALL of Windows Defender Options for performance (WD never finds anything anyways)!

My Disable WD Procedure (Win All)-
Windows Defender Not being Fully... Disabled, can also cause a Big performance hit (Win All)!-

Windows Defender has played havoc with my computers..., and is virtually worthless (on by default)!-

Just disabling WD does Not stop it from still monitoring/slowing most Everything, while running in the background (same with MBAM Pro!)!

To "completely" disable WD, you Must disable All of it's processes (Win All)-

You have to temp enable WD, & open All left Menu Options. Now un-tick Every option on the right...
Some options have to be disabled from bottom up..., to get the grayed checks too. Also scroll down, as some are off the page.

Open services.msc (in the Start Search box...), and be sure that WD is Disabled.
Reboot

You will be Amazed at how much faster, and less problematic your your system is!


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21 Jun 2012   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is what I use, MSE, MAM Pro, password protected router. So far it works for me.
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21 Jun 2012   #14
Greyjoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for taking the trouble to put your sound advice into words. Reading these & the suggestions from other senior members here seems to come down strongly in favour of MSE for the "cautious user" I might qualify.

Glad I came here & asked you all have saved me forty + quid

Thanks
Keith
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21 Jun 2012   #15
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scottls59901 View Post
I don't know where people get their saying MSE has high detection rates, as all the independent tests I can find rate it Last!?
That is probably because those tests are either sponsored by a specific antivirus company and/or are not rating the newest version of MSE (4.0). Many are testing the 2.0 version still. Trustworthy tests rate MSE close to the top, usually #3.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scottls59901 View Post
MSE also Only auto-updates once daily.
MSE scans are Very Slow.
Really? Once daily isn't enough? Alright, if someone prefers more frequent updates, choose another. In my experience, MSE scans fairly fast, even faster than malwarebytes. If you've found one a little bit faster, good for you!
I usually let mine scan in the background while I'm doing other things. You can also change how much CPU resources it uses (default is like 50%, which may be why you think it scans so slowly to begin with).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scottls59901 View Post
[...]-No matter what AV you use, you need to Fully Disable ALL of Windows Defender Options for performance (WD never finds anything anyways)!

My Disable WD Procedure (Win All)-
Windows Defender Not being Fully... Disabled, can also cause a Big performance hit (Win All)!-

Windows Defender has played havoc with my computers..., and is virtually worthless (on by default)!-

Just disabling WD does Not stop it from still monitoring/slowing most Everything, while running in the background (same with MBAM Pro!)!

To "completely" disable WD, you Must disable All of it's processes (Win All)-

You have to temp enable WD, & open All left Menu Options. Now un-tick Every option on the right...
Some options have to be disabled from bottom up..., to get the grayed checks too. Also scroll down, as some are off the page.

Open services.msc (in the Start Search box...), and be sure that WD is Disabled.
Reboot[...]
This alone would be cause for me to use MSE. Never had any problems and never had to do any of this 0.0
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21 Jun 2012   #16
Greyjoy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

scottis59901

Sure I read somewhere hereabouts that MSE disables Defender

Regards
Keith
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22 Jun 2012   #17
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Greyjoy View Post
Thanks for taking the trouble to put your sound advice into words. Reading these & the suggestions from other senior members here seems to come down strongly in favour of MSE for the "cautious user" I might qualify.

Glad I came here & asked you all have saved me forty + quid

Thanks
Keith
Our pleasure Keith. If you have other queries, anti-virus or other, be sure to post back.

Regards,
Golden
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22 Jun 2012   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Greyjoy you make sure you come back and see us here. Don't make us come looking for you.
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22 Jun 2012   #19
scottls59901

Windows 7 Pro (32)
 
 

[QUOTE=DustSailor;1972740]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scottls59901 View Post
That is probably because those tests are either sponsored by a specific antivirus company and/or are not rating the newest version of MSE (4.0). Many are testing the 2.0 version still. Trustworthy tests rate MSE close to the top, usually #3.
Would you please provide a screenshot or link to These "Trustworthy" tests on MSE 4.0 (I couldn't find one?)?
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22 Jun 2012   #20
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scottls59901 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scottls59901 View Post
That is probably because those tests are either sponsored by a specific antivirus company and/or are not rating the newest version of MSE (4.0). Many are testing the 2.0 version still. Trustworthy tests rate MSE close to the top, usually #3.
Would you please provide a screenshot or link to These "Trustworthy" tests on MSE 4.0 (I couldn't find one?)?
Are we really doing this?

*Sigh* I assume you are talking to me. Keep in mind I am speaking of free solutions.

As I said, most tests are testing MSE 2.0 or 2.1. Here is a test that rated MSE at #5: Free Antivirus You Can Trust - Page 2 | PCWorld

Antivirus software will change position as "best" all the time. More recently, AVG has been scoring extremely well. Avast used to be rated #1, now it is #2. On top of all of this, the main reason MSE scored low was because it wasn't as good at detecting brand new threats. Really? These are lab tests, and in real life, the chances of someone actually getting infected by a brand new, barely known piece of malware is slim to none.

Let us put this topic back on course

Keith, hope you have everything you need to make a decision on a practical security solution. Let us know if there are any other questions you might have, and hopefully we don't scare you off just kidding!

P.S. I found it especially entertaining how PCWorld characterized MSE's 7 minute scan as 'extremely slow'
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