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Windows 7: Do i still need microsoft security essentials?

04 Jul 2019   #1
Dynentan

Win7
 
 
Do i still need microsoft security essentials?

Whats best these days?


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05 Jul 2019   #2
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Dynentan,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dynentan View Post
Whats best these days?
I personally use AVG FREE [have done for years] and MalwareBytes FREE. There are a lot of alternatives that are just as good [probably better] as MSE and it is really down to what you feel comfortable and confident with.

I hope this helps!
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05 Jul 2019   #3
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There is no best and everyone and their great uncle is going to recommend one anti-virus over another. As to MSE, it's just a baseline scanner and needs to be used with a full fledged product. You would be better off with Immunet at that rate.

If you want a suggestion, I can recommend Bitdefender Free. I have used it and it's used on my parent's computer. I liked it because it was lightweight, cloud-based to help catch polymorphic malware (malware in the wild), and there isn't a bunch of fluff.

I personally don't use an anti-virus anymore and just use Sandboxie for my browser and scan all downloads at Virus Total. I do scan my computer periodically with different programs like Sanity Check, Stream Armor, FreeFixer, TDSSKiller, ADwCleaner, SuperAntiSpyware, and Herdprotect portable. Nothing is ever found. And I don't even use Windows updates. I might have four installed. Partly due to the motherboard and Sandboxie needing them.

By and large your best defense will be a periodic clone of your computer to an external hard drive. That way if catastrophe strikes you can clone back and it will be like nothing hardly ever changed. I use AOMEI Backupper for this myself and it's free. Store the external HDD in a fireproof safe. They can be had on eBay for as little as $35. Get one rated for electronics. And place the HDD in a plastic saleable bag. If fire strikes the inside of the safe will get moist.
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05 Jul 2019   #4
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Thee is no best and everyone and their great uncle is going to recommend one anti-virus over another. As to MSE, it's just a baseline scanner and needs to be used with a full fledged product. You would be better off with Immunet at that rate.

If you want a suggestion, I can recommend Bitdefender Free. I have used it and it's used on my parent's computer. I liked it because it was lightweight, cloud-based to help catch polymorphic malware (malware in the wild), and there isn't a bunch of fluff.

I personally don't use an anti-virus anymore and just use Sandboxie for my browser and scan all downloads at Virus Total. I do scan my computer periodically with different programs like Sanity Check, Stream Armor, FreeFixer, TDSSKiller, ADwCleaner, SuperAntiSpyware, and Herdprotec portable. Nothing is ever found. And I don't even use Windows updates. I might have four installed. Partly due to the motherboard and Sandboxie needing them.

By and large your best defense will be a periodic clone of your computer to an external hard drive. That way if catastrophe strikes you can clone back and it will be like nothing hardly ever changed. I use AOMEI Backupper for this myself and it's free. Store the external HDD in a fireproof safe. They can be had on eBay for as little as $35. Get one rated for electronics. And place the HDD in a plastic saleable bag. If fire strikes the inside of the safe will get moist.
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06 Jul 2019   #5
Dynentan

Win7
 
 

I was mostly just wondering if i need it if i already got windows defender?
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06 Jul 2019   #6
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
I personally use AVG FREE [have done for years] and MalwareBytes FREE.
I use just avg free and am curious what malwarebytes does in addition to avg
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06 Jul 2019   #7
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi

If your ONLY running Windows Defender you DEFINATELY require an AV, which WD is not.

Dont forget your going to need a NON MS defence next year.


Roy
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06 Jul 2019   #8
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dynentan View Post
Whats best these days?
It's 2019, antiviruses are obsolete things of the past, it's better to leave them behind.
Instead, use a real backup plan, real security tools (and most important, good configuration of them) and good practices and knowledge of today's security problems.
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06 Jul 2019   #9
Dynentan

Win7
 
 

I posted in this thread yesterday, but my post is gone?

Anyway, i did some research, and it seems like windows defender is only antispyware, where as microsoft security essentials is also antivirus, so im going to go with that. I already use superantispyware as my spyware program.

I also have all my things backed up with usb memory sticks as well as aomei backupper.
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07 Jul 2019   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

We moved our server holding this Forum Yesterday,

There were warnings posted that once the transfer was set in motion that there was a possibility of data loss.

It looks like you lost your post as you posted just after the Transfer file was created and the forums halted - Pure bad timing

Apologies for the inconvenience
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