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Windows 7: MSE system requirements

04 Apr 2013   #1
Heyyou

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 
MSE system requirements

Hi All, I am exploring the possibility of trying Microsoft Security Essentials, and notice in the system requirements that the prefered browsers are either IE V6 or later, and Firefox V2 or later. Does this mean that other browsers aren't compatible? I find it hard to believe that Microsoft would confine communication to two browsers, but I thought I'd ask here. At the moment, Chrome is my default browser and Cyberfox is my standby. If you are or have been a user, what is your opinion of it? Thanks for any input in advance.


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04 Apr 2013   #2
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Right, but having Windows 7 you will have some form of Internet Explorer lying around in the shell.
It will work and run fine. You've looked in to the system requirements a bit too much.

I have MSE or "Windows Defender" stock standard with Windows 8 and I have only manually used it once, but my understanding is that it is the most efficient and reliable anti-malware available.
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04 Apr 2013   #3
Heyyou

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LuzTeTT View Post
Right, but having Windows 7 you will have some form of Internet Explorer lying around in the shell.
It will work and run fine. You've looked in to the system requirements a bit too much.

I have MSE or "Windows Defender" stock standard with Windows 8 and I have only manually used it once, but my understanding is that it is the most efficient and reliable anti-malware available.
Yes, I do have IE10 installed but don't use it. Just having it is what's required? What browser do you use?
I had Windows defender included and activated by default on my new computer. I never saw it do anything the whole time I had it activated, so I rendered it disabled. MSE isn't the same thing as Defender is it?
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04 Apr 2013   #4
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Honestly? i've never seen MSE do anything that required a browser. I think it's just requiring something with a half-decent rendering engine, so Chrome or whatever should be fine (it's not an exhaustive list)
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04 Apr 2013   #5
LuzTeTT

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Heyyou View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LuzTeTT View Post
Right, but having Windows 7 you will have some form of Internet Explorer lying around in the shell.
It will work and run fine. You've looked in to the system requirements a bit too much.

I have MSE or "Windows Defender" stock standard with Windows 8 and I have only manually used it once, but my understanding is that it is the most efficient and reliable anti-malware available.
Yes, I do have IE10 installed but don't use it. Just having it is what's required? What browser do you use?
I had Windows defender included and activated by default on my new computer. I never saw it do anything the whole time I had it activated, so I rendered it disabled. MSE isn't the same thing as Defender is it?
System requirements will state if something more than having it is required. I use Mozilla Firefox Nightly.
On top of the above post, I will add that it doesn't really matter. If you run in to problems with MSE then what you have done to disable IE10 might have damaged your OS, but I don't think you will in to any problems with MSE.

As it says on the website if you have Windows Defender on Windows 8 then you pretty much have MSE, but if you don't have Windows 8 then installing MSE will give you the missing functionality that Windows 8's Windows Defender performs.

They're different things on different systems. I assume you have Windows 7 so you should install MSE unless you're confident in your ability to not execute malware on your computer.
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05 Apr 2013   #6
Heyyou

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LuzTeTT View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Heyyou View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LuzTeTT View Post
Right, but having Windows 7 you will have some form of Internet Explorer lying around in the shell.
It will work and run fine. You've looked in to the system requirements a bit too much.

I have MSE or "Windows Defender" stock standard with Windows 8 and I have only manually used it once, but my understanding is that it is the most efficient and reliable anti-malware available.
Yes, I do have IE10 installed but don't use it. Just having it is what's required? What browser do you use?
I had Windows defender included and activated by default on my new computer. I never saw it do anything the whole time I had it activated, so I rendered it disabled. MSE isn't the same thing as Defender is it?
System requirements will state if something more than having it is required. I use Mozilla Firefox Nightly.
On top of the above post, I will add that it doesn't really matter. If you run in to problems with MSE then what you have done to disable IE10 might have damaged your OS, but I don't think you will in to any problems with MSE.

As it says on the website if you have Windows Defender on Windows 8 then you pretty much have MSE, but if you don't have Windows 8 then installing MSE will give you the missing functionality that Windows 8's Windows Defender performs.

They're different things on different systems. I assume you have Windows 7 so you should install MSE unless you're confident in your ability to not execute malware on your computer.
Thanks for your response. I didn't disable IE10, I just don't use it, preferring FF or Chrome. At the present time I'm using Avast Pro, and just looking for alternatives so I'm not without protection.
If you are using MSE, how do you like its performance? Is it doing the job and do they update definitions as they promise?
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05 Apr 2013   #7
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

I have used mse for a few years. I use it with chrome. I have never had any issues. As far as updating it does it on it's own and windows update also throws in the updates.
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05 Apr 2013   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You can install MSE using any browser I have tried. I do recommend using I.E.
I have no charts, graphs, or websites to prove this is best.
MSE is Microsoft and I.E. is Microsoft and they do play will together for such things.
I always keep I.E. as my default browser but I use it seldom. Doing this hurts nothing and behind the scene it just might help with anything concerning Windows 7.
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05 Apr 2013   #9
Heyyou

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

OK thanks to all for the info. I'll put MSE on my short list.
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05 Apr 2013   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If it matters MSE is one of the security programs I use and it works well.
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