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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials vs. Kaspersky, Avast, BitDefender, Avira

24 Aug 2010   #41

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
I've been saying all along that now MS is actually INTERESTED in securing its OS then the days of a lot of these 3rd party security software vendors are numbered.

MSE works really well now especially as it includes real time protection which is needed more and more now -- drive br infections can be caught from even "legitimate" websites.

The footprint is small and it integrates 100% with the OS -- which it SHOULD do since they are both MS code.

The corporate version Forefront Client Security is also a great package --MSE is actually based on the much more robust corporate package so you get for FREE basically an Enterprise security system.

That said it should be reminded that it is impossible to guarantee 100% protection so you should always take common sense precautions and backup your system regularly so you can restore again to a point BEFORE the computer becomes infected.

Once a system HAS become infected I wouldn't trust ANY virus removal system to cure it.

For me the only solution is a complete Disk format and either a complete OS re-install or a restore from a KNOWN CLEAN IMAGE.

+1 Excellent advice.

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24 Aug 2010   #42

Windows 7 U/64

Thank you marsmimar for your reply to my question.
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25 Aug 2010   #43

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Great stuff
I think as I've often said before that this is definitely THE END for PAID AV software from non MS sources.

IMO the ONLY people who really can provide the BEST solution are the creators of the OS themselves since they have access to the Source code.

Other vendors either have to "reverse engineer" stuff or use "published interfaces" to the OS -- neither of which in the long run is capable of beating customized code that's part of the OS Kernel.

Now that MS IS interested I'm sure at least for home and small networks MSE will put the others to shame in resource consumption (MSE is almost minimal), ease if install and functionality.

I am using Forefront Client security which is the "Corporate" version of MSE and it's been fine for me so far.

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25 Aug 2010   #44

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I run different AV's on my system from time to time to see how they affect my system. The ones that have not given me problems are MSE, Avast, and AVG. I do know that AVG has caused problems on some Win 7 systems and I do not recommend it.
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25 Aug 2010   #45

Win7 x64 Ult

I've had issues with AVG in Win7 too, been using MSE since 1st beta was available, plan on sticking with it.
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