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Microsoft Security Essentials vs Other Free Anti-Virus (Avast, AVG, etc.)

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  • Started 5 years ago by jmcguire
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jmcguire
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The Geek recently did an article on Microsoft Security Essentials. I am currently repairing a computer, starting from reinstalling Windows. (I am also putting Linux on a very small partition on the computer.)

Obviously this is a question weighed greatly by opinion, but, how does this anti-virus stack up against the other free ones?

Specifically to "The Geek," was the purpose of the article more to review the effectiveness Microsoft Security Essentials to some base value or to compare Microsoft Security Essentials to a average of other anti-virus software available. [ I hope that makes sense. ]

I also plan on using Threatfire. It looks like a good piece of software that works with your anti-virus. I have yet another post about the effectives of it.

So, essentially my decision will be between the following coupled with Threatfire.
- Avast (What I normally use)
- AVG
- Avira
- Microsoft Security Essentials

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whs
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I run MSE on 2 systems. Seems to be fine. I have seen different opinions on the forums. Best is to try it out. Has a small footprint and is non-invasive.

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jmcguire
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Non-invasive is always good. I am trying to get the best solution with the least input from the user. (That way, they don't have to stop working until I can connect remotely and read what the pop-up says.) :)

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whs
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For your purpose it might fit the bill. Why don`t you first try it on a couple of systems.

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mickeyblue
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i used to use ESET nod32 and was very happy, never got any infections, now i upgraded to WIn7 and i cant use Eset on Win7 but im now using MSE and im happy to say its better than i thought originally, they sorted the update issue out and, there is minimal CPU usage. a decent anti-virus if i do say so, it actually picked up viruses on old files i had that ESET did not. two thumbs up.

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AST
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I really liked the look of MSE,but it kept freezing on my Vista for no reason.I ended up removing it and going back to AVG.

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ITDave
Posts: 17

I just switch to MSE to give a try, and it works great on my system to uses least CPU to do a scan then AVG. So I am very happy with MSE and it looks great too.

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at0mic
Posts: 420

mickeyblue, you get download a file from eset to make it compatible

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calebstein
Posts: 47

While the scan times are a little slower on MSE, MSE is better and doesn't use as many system resources.

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whs
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I just scanned my windows7 (fast scan) with MSE. It took about 8 seconds (on an SSD). So what is slow?

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InDiSent
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Do a full scan

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whs
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Right InDiSent, that was a lot slower. LOL

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InDiSent
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lol

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at0mic
Posts: 420

you get download a file? i can't even understand my own posts...

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LH
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Hey Blondie....I am not surprised :)

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sunny12897
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never use MSSE its very bad as my PC contains many Trojans and it didn't even detect them very bad antivirus ....

can any one consult me good antivirus

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vistamike
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sunny12897, hi and welcome. This topic is a year old, could you please start a new one, detailing the operating system and antivirus systems you have at the moment.

Closing topic.

Thanks,

Mike

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