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23 Sep 2009   #1
enigma1944

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows 7 and Security

I currently use Avira Premium & Windows Defender on my x64 laptop.

Next month I will be upgrading from Vista to W7 so my question pertains to the security requirements for W7. According to a Microsoft news release, a new security suite Windows Live Essentials will be released very soon to replace Windows Live Care. From this news item I get the impression that this new security will more than accomplish my personal laptop requirements.

Continuing this thought I am wondering if I should just let my Avira Premium expire in Mar 2010 and just use the new Microsoft configuration. To add to my confusion, Avira just sent me an offer to extend my license from Mar 2010 for 22 MONTHS for $53.


Your thoughts please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks


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23 Sep 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Enigma,

I'm beta testing Microsoft Security Essentials, and so far it does a great job of protecting the computer from malware and viruses, and the definitions are updated everyday. In addition the free Avast antivirus program has a beta that they are working on now that will be completely compatable with Windows 7 while also using Microsoft Security Essentials at the same time for even more protection.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Sep 2009   #3
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hello enigma, like Shawn said, i m too testing MSE and Avast side by side and looks like they are playing great together.
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24 Sep 2009   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

MSE works very well, and will continue to be free upon its release, so I couldn't see spending any money on an AV product right now. You can find the current builds of MSE easily, so that's all you'll need for resident protection. Malwarebytes is nice to have as a manual scanner.
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24 Sep 2009   #5
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

I'd run Avira until the current subscription runs out, and run MSE along side of it to see if MSE is better.

From the reviews of MSE, it is one of the better ones already, while still in beta. As I recall, the folks building it are from Giant, which Microsoft bought a few years ago. Giant was a real nice AV, and could get rid of a lot of stuff the others couldn't.
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24 Sep 2009   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can cause some major performance and integrity issues if you are running two activa scanners at once. If you don't want to uninstall a product you are paying for at this point, then try MSE out in a VM. Or, disable one and let one run resident.
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24 Sep 2009   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
disable one and let one run resident
That's the best way, if you want two antivirus programs. These applications are resource hogs and will fight each other for your systems resources. They may even fight each other's definitions. So... just run one at a time.
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24 Sep 2009   #8
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Quote:
disable one and let one run resident
That's the best way, if you want two antivirus programs. These applications are resource hogs and will fight each other for your systems resources. They may even fight each other's definitions. So... just run one at a time.
Hi Jacee, would you recommend Mcafee?
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24 Sep 2009   #9
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I've never used McAfee, so as for recommending it.... I can't say one way or the other.
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24 Sep 2009   #10
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

I've used McAfee, and the only program more difficult to remove was Norton. I would not recommend using it if you feel you have another viable option.
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