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Windows 7: MSE: Is it REALLY that good?

08 Dec 2010   #1
cheewongken

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
MSE: Is it REALLY that good?

Okay my friend is planning to change out from norton soon, and asked me if MSE was okay. I told him i was satisfied with it.. But then i started doing some homework. I then stumbled upon this.

AV-Test.org Tests of Anti-Virus- and Security-Software

It gives MSE really bad ratings compared to other AVs.

You guys are the one who made me switch to MSE from AVG in the first place. So, my question is, do you all think MSE is really a great AV/AM? (Considering you're comparing only free products)


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08 Dec 2010   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Can I just point out that that on that page you linked to, MSE is beaten by complete suites? Thats a totally different ball game. MSE is NOT an entire Security suite, it is just an Anti-Virus. Those other suites come with loads of extra's which may or may not be necessary. (Note how it still beat several proper "Internet Security" suites as well though, including Norton)

If your asking for a personal opinion, I love MSE as an antivirus, because I don't ask it to do things it can't. It just sits there doing it's thing, and you don't even know its there unless you have a problem. MSE+Windows Firewal l+ a full scan with Malwarebytes once a month keeps my system in tip top shape.
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08 Dec 2010   #3
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Its good for general users as it offers basic protection
AVG will cause more problems, use MSE
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08 Dec 2010   #4
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For me, yes, it is that good.

I clicked the link you provided and read the report. One thing I could not deduce from the report is if MSE was the only tool users used on their systems.

For me, MSE is not the only product I use...
...I take care to not haphazardly click links in unsolicited emails or ads...
...I don't really "surf" in the truest sense -- there are really only a handful of sites I frequent. I'm not a "click-and-go" person...
...I have set up host files on my system (Hosts File : Use in Windows 7 / Vista and the program Spybot Search and Destroy has an option to insert/update host files)
...my pc is not a multi-user pc, meaning, I know intimately the history of web usage and downloading. (Even the multi-user pc I have set up in my house, MSE has protected that pc with no problems at all)

So, for me, again, yes it is that good. I have NEVER received an infection while using the product on any of my pcs.
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08 Dec 2010   #5
baxxter

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 Bit
 
 

check av-comparatives and it says its good one ,Ill ask it again ,wich one we should believe ?!
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08 Dec 2010   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It has been great for me, and has definitely kept my family and friends from calling me late at night. It is what it is, though. If you aren't knowledgable enough to identify a phishing e-mail, then maybe you need to spend the money on a suite. MSE and Malwarebytes do the truck for me and my non-tech savvy friends and family.
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08 Dec 2010   #7
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

MSE = Basic Protection
W7 Firewall = Basic Protection

In my own opinion, MSE is for light PC users. I'm on my PC doing College work, music, Facebook, etc etc. I need something more than basic. (See Sig)
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08 Dec 2010   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
In my own opinion, MSE is for light PC users. I'm on my PC doing College work, music, Facebook, etc etc. I need something more than basic. (See Sig)
One could consider that light use. So tell me, of your list, what doesn't MSE handle? Facebook viruses? It blocks them. Music? Same deal. I use MSE to remove malware from my friends computers who still use Norton's older products. MSE is for PCs that are in use by users with common sense and good computing habits.
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08 Dec 2010   #9
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

According to whatever article/test results you read, ALL AV's have a different rating.

MSE has caught things on mine and other peoples that the "paid for" versions haven't.

The articles I've seen usually place MSE in the top 5 to 7. But like I said, depends on what article/test results you read.

As Deacon said, common sense helps out a lot too. If you go surfing for hacks, cracks and illegal software, "you takes your chances"
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08 Dec 2010   #10
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
(Note how it still beat several proper "Internet Security" suites as well though, including Norton)
The link provided shows Norton scoring best overall.
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