Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh
Quote: Originally Posted by trale
I'm running Win 7 64 bit. On my previous systems, I generally rely on the following 3 free utilities for system protection:
- Avira AntiVir
- Spybot Search and Destroy
I've heard a lot of good things about Microsoft Security Essentials, and at least as a AV tool it's up there with Avira, Avast, etc. But how about its effectiveness as a malware / spyware blocker, detector, and remover?
Can it safely replace all 3 of the aforementioned products? Or should I use something else in conjunction with MSE?
Im sure it can replace avira but it cant replace spybot and ad aware. The anti spyware part of MSE is still weak.
Hi Dinesh -- this is where the server version Frontside Client Security works really well - even on a stand alone client computer. Spy and MALWARE is where this program excels and will only get better and better.
Virus detection is usually an "after the fact" activity since most viruses don't actually do anything until you execute something -- usually a program downloaded from the web or play music with embedded trojans. On this score MS does at least as well as any other one in detecting bad running programs.
As far as adpopups etc are concerned -- these are --while annoying-- legitimate programs which isn't the job of a "virus" preventer -- and in this case Yes do use a 3rd party ad / popup blocker.
People get confused with what actually infects a machine and what are just irritants. By building in the ad / popup blocker into AV software really just bloats it and introduces errors.
Leave this stuff to proper programs to handle this and concentrate on letting the av software do what it SHOULD be designed to do -- stopping infections on getting on to your machine in the first place.
The Microsoft Database is updated sometimes as much as 4 times in a single day and it has very easy tools for monitoring whats actually running on your machine, Winsock connections - important to see network inflitration attempts - and start up program management.
To load on a stand alone non server (or workstation) machine download the software , get into an elevated DOS prompt and change the directory to the CLIENT and install with /NOMOM parameter. You can also install in this manner on say a HOME server machine too.