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Windows 7: MS Security Essentials

21 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
MS Security Essentials

I have used Zone Alarm Security Suite for about ten years and have always been please with it. Their annual fee is $39 to keep the updates current. I am thinking of switching to MS Security Essentials. The reviews I have read seem to be good, but I would like to hear from some real people. Tell me of any experience you have had with it. Thanks,

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21 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

MS Security Essentials will provide you basic protection, I used to have it installed before switching to NIS but it didn't detect some malware samples and had a very slow scanning speed. It also had some false positives. It may be enough for the average user but it isn't for heavy downloaders. Go for a full suite for total protection
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21 Jun 2011   #3

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Windows 7 x64

It's not super robust but it does the trick, I personally use it and scan manually with
Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free download that removes viruses and malware from your computer about once a week.
Seems to be a good mix of stability, performance, and reliability.

See a lot of problems being caused by overactive third party AV's on this forum lately.
As said detection isn't the greatest, so you will want to grab that malwarebytes to back it up.
It offers you the best 'free plan' I can think of though.
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21 Jun 2011   #4

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MSE + Malwarebytes has worked fine for me. Also heard good things about Avast (free), Avira (free) and Comodo (free). Tried them all. I decided to go with MSE because I liked the interface, it ran quietly in the background, and it used fewer resources. I made a clean system image, installed one of the programs, and then deliberately tried to get infected. From that non-scientific test MSE, Avast, Avira, and Comodo scored 100% in detecting, quarantining, and removing malware. I even tried trial versions of Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky and ESET. All four of them let malware through that MSE, Avast, Avira, and Comodo caught. Your mileage may vary and I'm sure others will say MSE bites el grande chorizo.

BTW, good to se you back Jim. How ya doin'?
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21 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Used it since beta, never had a problem & scan speeds for me have never been an issue, like what others have said I'd combine it with MBAM, also I personally use Hitman Pro as well.

Never been infected or had any FP's, I wouldn't say I'm a heavy downloader, I really only download from trusted sources.

Uses approx 40-50Mb memory on my system anyway when I counted all the processes, that was just with a quick scan running though.

For free I say it's good, I wouldn't use anything else right now.
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21 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

I've used MSE since it came out and my computer has been virus free.

It's free and I'm very happy with it.
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21 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I've used MSE, Avast! and McAfee (paid). Out of the lot I would choose Avast! first, just because I dig the interface, and it has caught everything I have deliberately thrown at it, big plus is it also has a built in sandbox which I love. MSE is decent, I'd consider it the bare minimum for web surfing. McAfee is a pain, and doesn't do any better or worse than Avast! just waiting for that subscription to run its course then I am switching that box over to Avast!
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21 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

It's works fine for me, but I'm a safe searcher for the most part.
When I do get adventurous, I use Sandboxie for the crazy stuff.
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21 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Make sure you have good on-demand scanners if you choose MSE!
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21 Jun 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I use MSE and have for a long time. I occasionally scan with MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware...and they find nothing. I find it to be a solid product, and the paid for applications are simply not worth it for me.
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