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Windows 7: So many still don't know about MS Security Essentials


21 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 
So many still don't know about MS Security Essentials

After Microsoft Security Essentials been out for FREE for a few months it surprises me how many don't know about this great tool.
I think many who have used it and tested it have decided that it is a good package in fighting off the foe.

I know that many will jump in here and tell me how they like all the rest and that is OK. I do know that no one software package will keep you totally free from those gremlins. Like others have said here just using a little common sense on where you go will dramatically reduce your chances of getting a trojan, virus or the flu.

Anyway I just wanted to keep MS Security Essentials on everyones try list.
I think you will like it.

Here is the Microsoft link if you decide to try.
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

and it is easy to install and uninstall not like the other big boy packages that like to hide stuff around.


FAQ

Q: How is this different from Windows Defender?
A: Windows Defender detects and removes known spyware only. It is not designed to protect against the full breadth of malicious software, and specifically does not prevent viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious software from infecting your machine. The new no-cost solution will be a comprehensive anti-malware solution.

Q: Is Microsoft Security Essentials designed to replace Windows Defender?
A: No but if you are running Microsoft Security Essentials, you do not need to run Windows Defender. Microsoft Security Essentials is designed to disable Windows Defender in order to manage the PC’s real-time protection, including anti-virus, rootkits, Trojans and spyware.

Q: Does installing Microsoft Security Essentials disable Windows Defender
A:
Microsoft Security Essentials should disable Windows Defender on Vista and Windows 7 and uninstall it from XP. In some cases, this does not happen automatically.

Q: Do I need to manually disable or uninstall Windows Defender if I am using Microsoft Security Essentials?
A: If Microsoft Security Essentials did not automatically disable Windows Defender on Vista or Windows 7, you should disable it to prevent conflicts. Windows Defender cannot be uninstalled from Vista or Windows 7.
If Microsoft Security Essentials did not automatically uninstall Windows Defender on XP, you should manually uninstall Windows Defender via Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs.

Q: What happens if I do not disable or uninstall Windows Defender if I am using Microsoft Security Essentials?
A: If Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender are both running, your system may experience performance degradation and other problems caused by the conflict of two services providing real time protection simultaneously.


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21 Feb 2010   #2

 

I've decided to install it on all the computers I refurbish for resale. After testing it for about a month on several computers, it seems to work pretty well
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21 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
After Microsoft Security Essentials been out for FREE for a few months it surprises me how many don't know about this great tool.
I think many who have used it and tested it have decided that it is a good package in fighting off the foe.

I know that many will jump in here and tell me how they like all the rest and that is OK. I do know that no one software package will keep you totally free from those gremlins. Like others have said here just using a little common sense on where you go will dramatically reduce your chances of getting a trojan, virus or the flu.

Anyway I just wanted to keep MS Security Essentials on everyones try list.
I think you will like it.

Here is the Microsoft link if you decide to try.
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

and it is easy to install and uninstall not like the other big boy packages that like to hide stuff around.


FAQ

Q: How is this different from Windows Defender?
A: Windows Defender detects and removes known spyware only. It is not designed to protect against the full breadth of malicious software, and specifically does not prevent viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious software from infecting your machine. The new no-cost solution will be a comprehensive anti-malware solution.

Q: Is Microsoft Security Essentials designed to replace Windows Defender?
A: No but if you are running Microsoft Security Essentials, you do not need to run Windows Defender. Microsoft Security Essentials is designed to disable Windows Defender in order to manage the PC’s real-time protection, including anti-virus, rootkits, Trojans and spyware.

Q: Does installing Microsoft Security Essentials disable Windows Defender
A:
Microsoft Security Essentials should disable Windows Defender on Vista and Windows 7 and uninstall it from XP. In some cases, this does not happen automatically.

Q: Do I need to manually disable or uninstall Windows Defender if I am using Microsoft Security Essentials?
A: If Microsoft Security Essentials did not automatically disable Windows Defender on Vista or Windows 7, you should disable it to prevent conflicts. Windows Defender cannot be uninstalled from Vista or Windows 7.
If Microsoft Security Essentials did not automatically uninstall Windows Defender on XP, you should manually uninstall Windows Defender via Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs.

Q: What happens if I do not disable or uninstall Windows Defender if I am using Microsoft Security Essentials?
A: If Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender are both running, your system may experience performance degradation and other problems caused by the conflict of two services providing real time protection simultaneously.
The reason why is because they have Norton and McAfee shoved down their throats from OEMs like Dell, HP, etc who put that on there by default.

The negative is that they are paying for something that could be free but the key is that at least they have some sort of AV protection.
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21 Feb 2010   #4

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

The last test by av-comparatives shows that while MSE has a decent heuristic detection, it's signature based detections aren't as good.

There is no reason not to use MSE. There is also no reason not to use Norton, Avast!, BitDefender, etc. It's all down to preference, although some can't comprehend this.
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21 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
The last test by av-comparatives shows that while MSE has a decent heuristic detection, it's signature based detections aren't as good.
AV-Comparatives is a fraud. There's no reason to use them as a resource.
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21 Feb 2010   #6

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Why are they a fraud? Are there any links that back that statement up? As far as I know they are one of the most trusted av testing sites around. I could be wrong, though. Am I?
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21 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

All I know is who can protect better Windows? Third-parties, or Microsoft? Particularly, I'm on Microsoft's side on this one.
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21 Feb 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am holding my breath and wait for the Nortons, McAfees and alike to go to court - especially in the EU. If MSE gets a dominent position (which it does not have yet), they could be vulnerable. After all, it cuts the feet from under those that want to make money with security programs.
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21 Feb 2010   #9

 

If Microsoft could build a secure OS, companies like McAfee and Symantec wouldn't exist in the first place. Hopefully the code for MSE isn't written by the same people who devoloped the OS
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21 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
If Microsoft could build a secure OS, companies like McAfee and Symantec wouldn't exist in the first place. Hopefully the code for MSE isn't written by the same people who devoloped the OS
Microsoft is divided into different things. MSE was made by the Microsoft Security Team. They're different jobs and sections in Microsoft.
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