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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials last in banking trojan detection test

14 Mar 2015   #41
Jonguy30

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I also wonder about that. Maybe the negative feedback would have been too much. Some people find certain gadgets to be useful such as the resource monitor gadget, clock gadget etc. I myself used to run the resource monitor gadget (it shows cpu and ram usage). Nowadays I just check task mgr, since it doesn't take much effort at all to open it.

Also there are custom gadgets, avast for example has a gadget, you can run a scan from it, update the database etc. Not sure if it's still there.

Once I heard about the potential security risks about the gadgets I disabled them. And I don't miss them at all, they are all gimmicks at most.
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14 Mar 2015   #42
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The Resource Monitor gadget is no gimmick. I would not live without that. It tells me at all times what is going on in my system. Many times when I saw increased CPU usage, I found some strange program running and I could take action. I did not upgrade my Win7 to IE 11 just because I do not want to lose that gadget.

Fortunately for Win 8.1 and Win 10 there is 8gadgetpack. But that does not work in Win 7.
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14 Mar 2015   #43
groze

W10 32 bit, XUbuntu 18.xx 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The Resource Monitor gadget is no gimmick. I would not live without that. It tells me at all times what is going on in my system. Many times when I saw increased CPU usage, I found some strange program running and I could take action. I did not upgrade my Win7 to IE 11 just because I do not want to lose that gadget.

Fortunately for Win 8.1 and Win 10 there is 8gadgetpack. But that does not work in Win 7.
Whs 8gadgetpack does work in windows 7 unless we are talking about two different 8gadgetpacks.
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14 Mar 2015   #44
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It did not work for me though. I used this one: 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8 / 8.1
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14 Mar 2015   #45
groze

W10 32 bit, XUbuntu 18.xx 64 bit
 
 

Whs,

8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8 / 8.1

Try again with version 13. One thing before installing delete the one xml file that somewhat controls the gadgets. Sorry, can't remember the exact name of the file. I don't have that file, I don't have windows live email installed.
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14 Mar 2015   #46
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, I'll try my luck tonite
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14 Mar 2015   #47
Lady Fitzgerald

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The Resource Monitor gadget is no gimmick. I would not live without that. It tells me at all times what is going on in my system. Many times when I saw increased CPU usage, I found some strange program running and I could take action. I did not upgrade my Win7 to IE 11 just because I do not want to lose that gadget...
My keyboard, a Logitech G510s, has a small LCD display on it that is able to display the CPU and RAM usage with an older keyboard's applet. I use Core Temp (use the U.S. Mirror) to monitor the core temperature of each core of my CPU with a small display in the notification area on my taskbar. Core Temp has an applet that would allow monitoring my core temperatures on the keyboard's LCD but I find it easier to read in the notification area on my primary monitor. I've also caught problems when I noticed the CPU and RAM running high on the LCD and when my CPU temps run higher than the known load would justify.

The only gadgets I use are a third party Desktop Calendar (much better than the one from M$) and the desktop monitor for my UPS that can be set to display one of various parameters in addition to remaining run time on the battery; I have the UPS monitor set to show Input voltage (mains voltage) since low mains voltage is often an issue during the summer although I occasionally switch it over to Wattage to see what my computer, monitors, and the HDMI splitter I feed my primary monitor and the TV with are drawing (right now, it's 225W; the voltage is 118v). I consider both of these gadgets to be essential. I could replace the calendar with something else but I like the one I have better than any others I've tried. The only other option to monitor my UPS eats up way too much screen real estate. While my UPS will automatically boost low line voltage if it dips too low (which it does occasionally, I like knowing when it happens so I have the option of shutting off my A/C and refrigerator if it happens for too long before the low voltage can damage them (I live in an older mobile home park that's underpowered).
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15 Mar 2015   #48
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Kaspersky has always been the champ in finding trojans. But it is not easy to deal with it. MSE is easy but it never finds anything. I still use it, LOL, but I do most of my internet work from a virtual Linux system.
The country of origin may have something to do with the efficiency of Kaspersky...
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15 Mar 2015   #49
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah right, those former KGB people know their stuff.
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15 Mar 2015   #50
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

That's the reason I can't bring myself to use it. :) China has a good one too but, come on, really? I just can't use it.

I run MSE with various system settings and it never finds anything either. I think that's good! I run MBAM once a week and it doesn't find anything. About twice a month, I run Emsisoft EK and it doesn't find anything either. So for me, the fact that they don't find anything is good. Why should I change?
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