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Microsoft Security Essentials

How would you rate Microsoft Security Essentials?

  • 5 stars

    Votes: 19 54.3%
  • 4 stars

    Votes: 12 34.3%
  • 3 stars

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2 stars

    Votes: 2 5.7%
  • 1 star

    Votes: 2 5.7%

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#1
I've started using this av on my main computer. So far, it seems pretty good. The scans take a while, but it's otherwise light on resources and it's pretty good real-time protection. It already caught something for me today...

What's your opinion on this AV? Is there a better, free solution? I already use malwarebytes and spybot, both nice additions, but they're really only good for scanning for something once I already suspect it's there...
 
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Been using it since i got 7 (so, 5 months+ ??) and i aint had a single issue. Got it on three PC's in my house and their all perfect.

Loving it.
 

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Another thing to mention is that I've never once had me ask if an application was ok... I hate it when I get asked "are you sure?" questions all day every day.
 

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I'll definitly use it when my subscription runs out.
 
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#5
What is Microsoft Security Essentials?
 

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i love it :) been using it on my 7 rig
 
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Currently using it on all of my computers and I can say it's the best I've ever used. Low profile, easy to use, and updated often. It seems to catch everything and handles those bad bits very effectively. 5 Stars from muah.
 

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Who voted one star, and how you gonna vote one star and not explain why?
 
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i just voted it one star because its terrible try throwing a brontok worm at it and you will see how well it works.
It does have basic protection but that's about it, i would call msse windows defender 7.
Avg+Malware bytes works much better and for those real bad infections Combofix cannot be beat.
 
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i just voted it one star because its terrible try throwing a brontok worm at it and you will see how well it works.
It does have basic protection but that's about it, i would call msse windows defender 7.
Avg+Malware bytes works much better and for those real bad infections Combofix cannot be beat.
Where did you get a brontok worm at?
 
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someone got one machine infected on a workgroup at my tech school

To be more specific it has good detection just not good removal
 
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There's always some muppet who tries to muck up a poll Hat, human nature unfortunately...

I too have been using it since 7 came out. Its caught a couple of things and I don't appear to have any nasties onboard. I gave it 5*, can't beat free, lightweight and unobtrusive. I also think its a bonus it being made by Microsoft, a)because hopefully they know their code better than anyone else and b)because they have a vested interest in improving the security reputation of Windows!
 
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i just voted it one star because its terrible try throwing a brontok worm at it and you will see how well it works.
It does have basic protection but that's about it, i would call msse windows defender 7.
Avg+Malware bytes works much better and for those real bad infections Combofix cannot be beat.
Ya but, where would you get something like that from? The worst most people face is some Mal/Spyware like Wild Tangent.

Full-blown backdoor trojans aren't something you encounter often.
 
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Ya but, where would you get something like that from? The worst most people face is some Mal/Spyware like Wild Tangent.

Full-blown backdoor trojans aren't something you encounter often.
Not only that but everyone was hit by that thing before any updates. Malwarebytes you name it. Im not buying the recent MSE couldnt remove it.
 
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Ya but, where would you get something like that from? The worst most people face is some Mal/Spyware like Wild Tangent.

Full-blown backdoor trojans aren't something you encounter often.
wild tangent is malware now that's odd ive done a few hp reloads where it was included by hp from factory

My point is for us tech users where not going to fall for the bs XP Anti spyware crap.
so if we get hit with something its going to have to be something nasty in that instance MSSE isnt going to do jack squat.
 
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Nice product. MS just successfully killed off a bunch of 3rd party virus software makers.
 
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Currently using it on all of my computers and I can say it's the best I've ever used. I have 5 computers in most of the bedrooms of my house and run MSE on all of them. I use to run AVG till it got to be a resource hog and would not remove alot of todays virus's. I've had the dreaded Antivirus 2010 on 2 computers and MSE was the only one that would completely remove it without me having to do a reformat and reinstall of the OS. Microsoft knows what exploits people are using and know their code better than anybody else, so who better to write an antivirus program than microsoft. I give it 5 stars and will continue to use it till I find something better. :rockout:
 
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#21
What is Microsoft Security Essentials?
TheLaughingMan changes name to Rip Van Winkle...:laugh:

There's always some muppet who tries to muck up a poll Hat, human nature unfortunately...

I too have been using it since 7 came out. Its caught a couple of things and I don't appear to have any nasties onboard. I gave it 5*, can't beat free, lightweight and unobtrusive. I also think its a bonus it being made by Microsoft, a)because hopefully they know their code better than anyone else and b)because they have a vested interest in improving the security reputation of Windows!
I think it is as good a product as other a/v software; but, don't come down on the him/her, because of their opinion on a poll. That is why that choice is there. I voted 4 stars, 'cause, IMO, I don't think it is the best and has room for improvement.:)
 
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wild tangent is malware now that's odd ive done a few hp reloads where it was included by hp from factory

My point is for us tech users where not going to fall for the bs XP Anti spyware crap.
so if we get hit with something its going to have to be something nasty in that instance MSSE isnt going to do jack squat.
Yes, but that's an acute situation.

So the overall feeling here is that (especially for a WINDOWS program!) MSSE is light, durable, non-intrusive, easy to run, constantly kept up to date and highly effective.

If it cannot stop a masterminded back-door trojan, well, I guess it joins the ranks of any other antivirius program that was bested!

But in contrast to the old regurgitated security suits, like Norton, McAfee, AVG(used to be good), Kaspersky(too many compatibility issues) or etc, it does a pretty good job.

Oh and it's 100% free.
 
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I have run Windows OS's without AV for many years. I find that the majority of viruses and malware can be avoided by being savvy on what you do and where you go on the internet. AdblockPlus and NoScript for firefox probably helps there too. MSE is the first time I've put an AV on my computers and it does a good job of not irritating me or slowing computer down.
 
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I have run Windows OS's without AV for many years. I find that the majority of viruses and malware can be avoided by being savvy on what you do and where you go on the internet. AdblockPlus and NoScript for firefox probably helps there too. MSE is the first time I've put an AV on my computers and it does a good job of not irritating me or slowing computer down.
Indeed. Like with sex, all you need is some abstinence. Stay away from the pornography sites, warez sites and the like, and it will be pretty difficult for you to pick-up a system crushing virus.
 
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MSE is great. There are only two things that totaly suck:
- updater is garbage
- why on Earth they perform on-access/real-time archive scanning!?!?!?!?