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13 Mar 2014   #11
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonguy30 View Post
Hi. I'm wondering how much resources does MSE use exactly? My avira uses about 1800kB to around 2900kB. I once heard that MSE uses about 50MB of RAM? Is that true?
MSE is about as windows friendly as you can hope for,
But cpu usage during a scan can be adjusted,
Now days Antivirus alone is not enough,
You need a dedicated Malware engine preferably one with Real time protection,
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13 Mar 2014   #12
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

CPU during a MSE scheduled scan can be adjusted, but I was getting hit on unscheduled activity, sometimes up to 90% of CPU. Why it was scanning I had no idea, as nothing new of note had occurred. This is not an infrequent occurrence.

As for memory usage, make sure you tally all an AV's distributed services. Yes to MSE taking 50MB. And that's pretty much on a good day.
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13 Mar 2014   #13
Jonguy30

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yeah, I saw that you could limit CPU usage the one time I tried MSE. But currently I cannot get MBAM PRO, but I do have the free version. But I haven't updated it for, maybe a month or so. Maybe I should, hmm.. but the one scan (full) I once did took 2 hours, lol.
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13 Mar 2014   #14
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

Sometimes the first scan is the longest, as it builds a database. That's true of MSE. Whatever you choose, I recommend doing a full scan in order to speed up the computer.
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13 Mar 2014   #15
Jonguy30

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Oh, ok. Is the memory usage a problem when doing resource intensive tasks? Like when gaming and other tasks that take up system resources? Or does it adjust depending on what you do?
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13 Mar 2014   #16
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

That's what's been bothering me about MSE: it goes ballistic at seemingly strange times. But I'm referring to CPU usage more than memory, which I haven't tracked as carefully. It could be that when I install the dotnets they then optimize, and MSE is tracking that, but it seems to go beyond that. I need to test Panda more and see if there's a difference. I've been disabling MSE when I work on computers to get around the problem entirely, and then doing a full scan with it when I'm done working, which is a good idea anyway.
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13 Mar 2014   #17
Jonguy30

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

What a strange problem. Do you know if it's been reported to MS so they can fix it? But MSE has had various problems a long time so I'm not sure if it it will be fixed. Anyway than you for the replies.
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13 Mar 2014   #18
paul1149

Linux Lite 2.8 x64 (full-featured, fast, rock-solid)
 
 

No, I don't know.
BW.
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13 Mar 2014   #19
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Full scans are always better done when the computer is not in use, really doesn't matter what security we're talking about they would all do a better job and run faster/ but MSE is one of the slowest,
The default scan is at midnight often not in use,
Quick scans I usually don't bother with but should also be done at lunch or down time,
The resources taking up reflect on the machine it's self not the scanner,
With the above said,
Power using or Game playing is not recommended to do as scans are in use
Cheers.

Looks like most of use have 4 gig's of ram.
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15 Mar 2014   #20
Lasha123

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Do NOT use avast guys. I had BSOD (Blue screen of death). I unistalled avast and then i installed MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and i fixed my bluescreen. Avast has many problems and do NOT install avast, install AVIRA.
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