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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials rated best free antivirus for Windows

11 Jul 2010   #11
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, etalmar,

In the event you do use the USB stick on someone else's computer or at a public site (i.e., WiFi), I suggest that you first disable autorun (Tutorial at AutoPlay - Enable or Disable AutoRun - Windows 7 Forums).


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14 Jul 2010   #12
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EpicThorn View Post
I have been using MSE for a while now, and have nothing but praise for it. Microsoft have done quite a good job with it, and so they should, they know their OS better than anyone else.

Regards,
Thorn

Agree, they got it right for a change. I love MSE. Now if I could just have Desktops and Wobbly Windows like in Linux, I would terminate my Linux box FOREVER.
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15 Jul 2010   #13
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I've been looking for something like this. My parents just ordered a new laptop from Dell that has McAfee installed, and I'm trying to convince my dad that they would be better off using MSE. This is exactly the kind of thing that would convince him, especially after a hassle he had with McAfee about a year ago.
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15 Jul 2010   #14
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, Petey7.

Please make sure your parents know that McAfee will be good for a trial period only (usually 6 months) and will need to either be replaced by something else or a license paid for.
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15 Jul 2010   #15
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Corrine, Dell now pre-installs the best and newest version of McAfee on most home computers, with no option to not get an AV. Some of the money paid towards the laptop pays for a 15 month license (or longer if selected). We've had McAfee before and had a number of issues with it. My dad figures that since it's already paid for, why not just leave it on there. I seriously doubt that McAfee will do a good job keeping the PC safe and I know it is a major resource hog like no other.
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15 Jul 2010   #16
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Hi, Petey7.

Please make sure your parents know that McAfee will be good for a trial period only (usually 6 months) and will need to either be replaced by something else or a license paid for.
I would just have them remove it altogether. McAfee is a nasty resource hog that will slow down even the fastest of computers. The CIO at a company I used to work for would literally scream every time the McAfee scan started. He'd quickly Ctrl+Shift+Esc and end the entire process so he could actually get control of his PC again.
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17 Jul 2010   #17
etalmar

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
That's not a false positive. What makes it a true positive is the fact that a virus signature matched the particular autorun.inf file on your USB drive to a known virus.
I found this comment on another site, whereby the person had the same experience with MSE, yet the response was that most likely it was a simple false positive .. "all MSE did was get rid of some flash driver that enables autorun and thought it was a threat."

False Positive? MSE detected Autorun.inf "virus" ... - Norton Community

Regardless of the true nature of the MSE autorun alert, I have decided to disable "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" in my control panel, just as a precautionary measure.
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17 Jul 2010   #18
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by etalmar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
That's not a false positive. What makes it a true positive is the fact that a virus signature matched the particular autorun.inf file on your USB drive to a known virus.
I found this comment on another site, whereby the person had the same experience with MSE, yet the response was that most likely it was a simple false positive .. "all MSE did was get rid of some flash driver that enables autorun and thought it was a threat."

False Positive? MSE detected Autorun.inf "virus" ... - Norton Community

Regardless of the true nature of the MSE autorun alert, I have decided to disable "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" in my control panel, just as a precautionary measure.
That doesn't seem related at all to what you identified in your original post. There is a lot of malware that utilizes an autorun.ini file on a removable drive.

Best option, as you have done, is to disable AutoPlay altogether.
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17 Jul 2010   #19
hybridfan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Why don't MS include MSE in Windows 8, seems a bit silly you have to be online to download it and where do the majority of viruses come from?...
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17 Jul 2010   #20
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hybridfan View Post
Why don't MS include MSE in Windows 8, seems a bit silly you have to be online to download it and where do the majority of viruses come from?...
For one reason, Microsoft offers Microsoft Forefront Client Security for corporate customers. Another the same reason that Microsoft now has to provide an option in Europe for selecting an alternate browser.
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