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Windows 7: MSE or Paid AV?

27 Mar 2011   #21
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by malexous View Post
If you turn on Silent Mode when you are performing imaging, a background scan will not start. You could even set Norton up to detect when the imaging programme (except Windows own, it would seem) is running and it would automatically turn on Quiet Mode.
Thanks I see these settings now!
I use Windows imaging and file/folder backup. Are you referring to these when you say "except Windows own"?


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27 Mar 2011   #22
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MWRed View Post
I've used MSE since it was first released. But like others said, I think taking into account what you do mostly on your pc should weigh into the decision.
I don't download a lot of things other than images, and I mostly browse/surf/read stuff.
I haven't had anything happen at all.

But, like I always have to say....your browsing habits are the first defense of safety, and not a single AV is perfect.
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Sreedhav
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27 Mar 2011   #23
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Dear windows911,
You are tempted to take up the offer, since it's a freebie! Would you have bought it on your own to replace MSE? In your original post, you mentioned that "mse is working like a dream" and you had no probs. with it!

Till date i have used,1)Kaspersky internet security suite,

2) Symantec AV,

3) Avast internet sec.suite,

4) Panda Global protection 2011 running on my laptop and
5)Avira Premium +OA firewall on my desktop and last but not the least MSE!! This is just to state my experience with AVs. It was a pleasent experience with MSE and i shifted at that point of time because i bought a Avast Int. sec.suite backed up by a "backup cd" a week before and i can honestly tell you if i had used the windows freebie AV, i would not have bought Avast.
Regards,
Sreedhav
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27 Mar 2011   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

I have experience with both MSE and NIS2011. NIS is very good, but I found it to be a resource hog, especially at boot-up - I changed to MSE and halved my boot-up time.

In addition to MSE, I also use the paid version of Malwarebyes. Both are resident and "play nicely" with each other.

I suggest trying Norton seeing as it won't cost you, and see how you go wiith that. If you find it to be too resource hungry for your needs, you can always switch back to MSE.

Regards,
Golden
Golden, are you sure there was not another cause, I have 3 systems with NIS2011 and 3 systems with MSE (mixed desktop and laptotps). I never noticed any difference in boot time. They all boot from SSDs (different models/makes though). My best system boots in 12 seconds. But that has an i7 and the fastest SSD. The others have more modest CPUs and a couple of SSDs are 1. Gen. They are a bit slower - but nothing really noticeable considering their capabilities.
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28 Mar 2011   #25
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Golden, are you sure there was not another cause, I have 3 systems with NIS2011 and 3 systems with MSE (mixed desktop and laptotps). I never noticed any difference in boot time. They all boot from SSDs (different models/makes though). My best system boots in 12 seconds. But that has an i7 and the fastest SSD. The others have more modest CPUs and a couple of SSDs are 1. Gen. They are a bit slower - but nothing really noticeable considering their capabilities.
Hi Wolfgang,

I wish it was something else - I really liked using NIS, it certainly had come a long way since the "bad" old days.

I never had the issue with long boot times, until one day I noticed my boot time doubled - the only thing that had changed was the automatic NIS updates. I used Windows Performance Analyser to "capture" my booting records, and Cluberti was kind enough to analyse the data for me. We nailed it down to NIS. Once uninstalled, the boot time halved.

Here is the thread covering the topic:

Help diagnose startup time ....

Regards,
Golden
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28 Mar 2011   #26
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I use Windows imaging and file/folder backup. Are you referring to these when you say "except Windows own"?
I am. I tried to set it up yesterday but the files that Windows Backup uses do not show up in Norton.
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28 Mar 2011   #27
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Golden, are you sure there was not another cause, I have 3 systems with NIS2011 and 3 systems with MSE (mixed desktop and laptotps). I never noticed any difference in boot time.
Your systems are probably masking it well. I just went back and looked at a Maximum PC article from 1 year ago (it was NIS 2010) at the time, but they list the amount of time in seconds added to boot from various AV's.
Security Shootout: 10 Top Antivirus Apps Put to the Test

There were the additions they found back then on their test system from 1 year ago.
Code:
Norton +18
EST  +12
Avira +6
MSE + 9
McAfee +13
Trend Micro +32
Bit Defender +18
Panda +24
Comodo +15
Avast +19
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28 Mar 2011   #28
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

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28 Mar 2011   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, those NIS2011 boot times are longer than my total boot time. One day I will reinstall Soluto and see what it says about NIS. Unfortunately I did not keep a snip when I was experimenting with it.
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28 Mar 2011   #30
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The figure linked to by malexous in post #28 are for Norton Antivirus.
Norton 360 is much longer.
It's not clear what the NIS figure is.

Personally 10 seconds here or there doesn't bother me.
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