For no particular reason, I just uninstalled AVG Free and have installed Microsoft Security Essentials.
I roamed around in the settings and have a few questions.
There is a "default actions" setting for various levels of threats. I chose these settings:
Severe alert: remove
High alert: quarantine
Medium alert: quarantine
Low alert: allow
Any comments on these choices? Are the consequences of "remove" and "quarantine" effectively the same; eg, I have the same degree of protection in either case? Any reason not to use "quarantine" for severe alerts?
The more important questions follow:
Running MS Security Essentials means you are a "basic" member of MS Spynet. You cannot opt out.
My hard drive setup is as follows:
HD 1: C and D partitions; C is Windows and all apps; D is data only
HD 2: E partition; contains data only (backups of D through several methods)
I am not particularly amused by MS even accidentally and innocently viewing ANY aspect of my data.
So, on the "exclude files and locations" tab, I have chosen to exclude my D and E drives from scanning and real time protection. Hopefully, any scanning and reports will be confined to C only.
Let's stipulate that D and E are known to be clean at this time.
Comments? Dumb, smart, pointless, mediocre, etc?
My "downloads" directory is on D. If I go to a poisonous website and attempt to download something threatening to D:\downloads, am I at risk because protection is turned off for that entire drive?
Or would I be protected nonetheless and the bad file would never be downloaded?
Should I NOT exclude that download directory from realtime and scanning protection? (The settings allow you to exclude by directory, and I could just exclude all folders on D EXCEPT downloads.)