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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials?

22 May 2015   #1
Joe7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Microsoft Security Essentials?

I've just completed a clean install of an Acer PC using its Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade DVD (thanks to this community too: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version).

Now it's time to add few useful programs systems will use for security.

I've asked for a suggest on an other community where an expert user (seems he wrote also many wiki articles) answered me to use "Microsoft Security Essentials" only.

Now, I'm not a windows user since many years ago, but a friend asked me if I could re-install Win-7 on its pc, by now slowed down due to many bad apps and so on...
So, I don't know if MS security is a good choice or just it "sucks" compared to other third parties alternatives.

I'd glad if you could give me a feedback for that product.
Thanks in advance!


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22 May 2015   #2
leejosepho

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joe7 View Post
...an expert user (seems he wrote also many wiki articles) answered me to use "Microsoft Security Essentials" only...

...I don't know if MS security is a good choice or just it "sucks" compared to other third parties alternatives.
I know very few technical details in comparison to what that expert likely knows, but I whole-heartedly agree. I switched to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) quite some time ago and have never looked back. There is no such software that is perfectly able to catch absolutely everything, and there is no better security on the internet than in having good-and-safe clicking habits for staying out of trouble -- no click = no trouble -- in the first place. But MSE does as well as any in an overall sense and it can do that without dragging your machine down.
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22 May 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I would not recommend MSE unless your willing to purchase Mbam premium
The lifetime licenses for mbam = Malewarebytes have just about dried up but you might get lucky in finding one somewhere last I checked Amazon no more were available,

With that said I would lean towards either Panda or "hold my nose Avast"
But Do Not download Avast from CNet
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22 May 2015   #4
Lc1975

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bits
 
 

For a newbie like me it's good to have opinions from experts..
I have see in google that bitdefender is good less heavy and intrusive then avast...
I don't use web to download cracks, etc, etc.. in your opinion
ThrashZone
is bitdefender good like avast?

Regards.
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22 May 2015   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

There are always discussions going on at this post, you can weigh the pros/cons of different AV's

What's the Best Anti-virus?
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22 May 2015   #6
Lc1975

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bits
 
 

Thanks

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22 May 2015   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

For different computers, I use Avast, Avira & MSE. I set the two As to be non-aggressive, alert me, automatically quarantine, & let me deal with quarantined items one at a time.
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22 May 2015   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lc1975 View Post
ThrashZone
is bitdefender good like avast?

Regards.
Never used it personally or Avast all I know is Avast is popular here

I'd say go with anything except a IOBit product or Mcafee product
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22 May 2015   #9
shadow2201

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lc1975 View Post
For a newbie like me it's good to have opinions from experts..
I have see in google that bitdefender is good less heavy and intrusive then avast...
I don't use web to download cracks, etc, etc.. in your opinion
ThrashZone
is bitdefender good like avast?

Regards.
I am currently using BitDefender on my personal laptop, and used to use Avast. I like both products well enough. Neither have stood out to me more than the other, but both have worked just fine, caught certain things, etc. I would say try them out, see which one you like the best, and go with it. There's obviously people who are going to swear by certain AV's, me personally I love Norton, but I just don't feel the need to pay for it, so I don't use it. I usually give an AV a year, and test out a new one if I see improvement from the people who make it.
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22 May 2015   #10
Joe7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I took a look to that topic before open this one, but it's about 100 pages long and it's first page seems out of date...

Anyway I'm looking for a Free (as in beer) suite.

Last time I had set up a windows system on a machine in a no-profit association office, I chosen Comodo Internet Security. And after some click to configure its behavior It's working fine until now...
Anyway performance request of these suites are visible: pc seems smoother if you don't install any antivirus nor antispyware at all.
So I've thought that WSE could be a lighter choice than other solutions.

Why exactly would WSE need an other software like malewarebytes?
Could you explain better ThrashZone?

Thanks for answers folks!
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