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Windows 7: Free AntiVirus

07 Oct 2010   #31
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

None of us are experts although we are experienced.

I have yet to see any objective report showing that MSE + AVAST (or any other av) brings any improvement. Obvious is that the combination will require more processor time.


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07 Oct 2010   #32
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
None of us are experts although we are experienced.

I have yet to see any objective report showing that MSE + AVAST (or any other av) brings any improvement. Obvious is that the combination will require more processor time.
improvement ?

Avast offers more protection than MSE.

NO antivirus/antimalware-program can detect everything, so if you have a good combination that works, of course that´s an improvement.
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07 Oct 2010   #33
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Karl there is no proof just my experience as you have yours.

I agree it may not help. Can't hurt. My only point.

No argument intended or wanted.
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07 Oct 2010   #34
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
Avast offers more protection than MSE.
And the source of this statement is?
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07 Oct 2010   #35
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
Avast offers more protection than MSE.
And the source of this statement is?
source ?

just look at Avast....
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab2

email-scanner etc.
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07 Oct 2010   #36
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I consider the email scanner important. The lack of one is my only complaint about MSE.
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10 Oct 2010   #37
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

MSE is a good free alternative, I however run Avast and have for 3 years now without a single infection. It was the first AV to offer protection for the Windows Home Server which I was standing up at the time. I have been very impressed with this product and can't praise it highly enough.

In supporting totally clueless/non-IT users I have had to clean out far too many infected machines and after installing Free Avast I have not had to revisit any of these machines due to virus's, User error definitely but not virus's. This speaks volume's where the real world is concerned.

I would recommend either MSE or Avast.....My personal preference is Avast however. Please note that Avast scans every file opened or downloaded.

As you will notice at the bottom of my attachment it even scanned the snipping tool as I created the file.

Free AntiVirus-avast-shields.png


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10 Oct 2010   #38
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Bob, you are right about Avast scanning every file opened or downloaded; but it does it quickly. I tried AVG for about three months and there was a noticeable lag caused by AVG scanning files downloading and opening. I have tried several antivirus programs just to see how they do on my system. I can easily recommend MSE or Avast - or both simultaneously.
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10 Oct 2010   #39
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

MSE uses more RAM, about 60MB
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10 Oct 2010   #40
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
Avast offers more protection than MSE.
And the source of this statement is?
source ?

just look at Avast....
avast! Free Antivirus - Download Software for Virus Protection

email-scanner etc.
I agree on this statement. Avast has better options like web scanner, mail scanner, etc.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
MSE uses more RAM, about 60MB
I agree with this statement as well. Avast is using around 7-8 MB RAM whereas MSE is using around 80-85 MB RAM. I still do not have any issues with MSE using more RAM as long as it protects my PC for free. Moreover, RAM is meant to be used, not freed.
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