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Windows 7: Think Windows's Built-In Antivirus Will Keep You Safe? You're Wrong

12 Apr 2015   #1
A Guy

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Think Windows's Built-In Antivirus Will Keep You Safe? You're Wrong

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Microsoft has dabbled in the antivirus business for longer than you might imagine. Back in 1993, MS-DOS 6 included an antivirus licensed from Central Point. That antivirus was later acquired by Symantec and integrated into the Norton Security product line. Over the years we've seen Microsoft Anti-Virus for Windows, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Microsoft Windows Defender. Unfortunately, Microsoft's free antivirus tools will not protect your computer from modern malware.
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12 Apr 2015   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

 

I had a lot of trouble reading the article because of a stupid menu superimposed over the text but from what I could read, it's the same thing I've been saying for years (MSE does a worse job of protecting than just about anything else) but get flamed for saying so.
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12 Apr 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

It's the same old story,
Click on the Comp-view flag on the right end of the url address bar LF,
No Antivirus does well with Malware that's why mbam pro is required for all antivirus programs especially MSE,
But the article was more about 8-8.1 and now 10 and Windows defender and added MSE and 7 for good measure,
But don't let that flog the glass
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Bad News from PCMag
Results from the big labs are important, but I always run my own hands-on tests to make sure I have a good feel for each program. Windows Defender totally missed quite a few of my malware samples, and some of them were really nasty. In one case, it allowed a ransomware attack to completely take over the test system. A botnet sample established itself thoroughly enough to trigger a warning from my ISP before I wiped out the affected virtual machine.
My malware collection is relatively static, changed just once per year. However, I also test how well a product handles malware-hosting URLs, and those downloads are typically no more than four hours old. Top score so far in this test is 85 percent protection, either preventing access to the URL or wiping out the malware download. The average score is 40 percent. Microsoft's score? Just 3 percent.
For all the gory details, read my review of Windows Defender. If you've been relying on this utility, or on Microsoft Security Essentials, right now is the time to install free antivirus from another vendor.
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12 Apr 2015   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

 

Uh...what Comp-view flag?

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12 Apr 2015   #5
A Guy

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Thought that was just my old Opera, had to take the URL to IE to see it, lol. A Guy
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12 Apr 2015   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

 

I'm running IE11. Apparently, there are still some websites that still don't know IE11 has been out a while.
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12 Apr 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Instead of the comp-view flag = broken page icon your actually showing the Active x filtering flag/ icon :)
It's not blue but expect that's because of the screen shot being taken = Blue circle with a slash through it

Gear symbol/ Safety and Uncheck active x filtering.

To get rid of comp view lists from Microsoft use Alt+TB
Uncheck everything/ Close.
If you just want to add that site to the comp-view list and your already on the site just click on the add buttom the site will already be listed.
Use F5 to refresh the page and it should appear normally

Delete your browser history next to get rid of the comp-view lists already been auto downloaded,
Alt+TD
Then check everything except for the top box Uncheck it,
You can Uncheck form fills if you use that feature/ Delete.
Close and restart ie.
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12 Apr 2015   #8
A Guy

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Or skip the article, lol

A Guy
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12 Apr 2015   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Or skip the article, lol

A Guy
I'm liking that option better.
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12 Apr 2015   #10
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What kind of "genius" designed that site?
With the advertising spam covering the main article, we can't read either the text itself nor the ads.
But it's easy, just disable Javascript for a moment and it won't popup (remember to re-enable afterwards or it will break 90% of internet).

Ok, now to back to business.
The article in itself doesn't tells anything at all, just cites sources from somewhere else saying that MSE scores really low in tests and all that has been already said. No value at all in just copy-pasting some other articles.
Even though that, it's really true that MSE is a poor option in comparision to most other antiviruses out there.

There is something that nobody mentions, however. Most antiviruses, including those that rank high are actually a bad options if you want REAL security. Antiviruses are since long ago increasingly becoming obsolete technology, using proved innefective techniques to detect and remove malware.
I really hate when people spend hours discussing which antivirus to use, while almost never anyone talks about real security. Permissions are seldom, if ever, mentioned, firewalls appear frequently but almost never anyone thinks of its configuration, "sandboxing" sometimes is considered, disabling Windows known default vulnerabilities and unused features is regarded as a taboo, and I'm just starting.

Reality is that antiviruses as of today are more placebo than security, but often people get a false sense of security with them.
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