Microsoft Security Essentials Now Protecting Over 31 Million PCs

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growler

I highly recommend MSE...i've been using it ever since it's release and it does a great job find viruses, malware, spyware.  Most of the computers that i fix don't even have an active antivirus so install MSE so they can get protected...

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DogPatch1149

So far, I've had excellent performance with MSE on every machine I've put it on.  Light on system resources, great scan speeds (the first one is long, but subsequent scans are quite fast), and the update procedure is quick and painless.

I believe that MSE will get better over time in the area of rootkit detection and removal.  With the intimate knowledge of the registry and OS that only the designers of it have, Microsoft would seem to have the advantage in recognizing when deep changes have been made to the computer.

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FrancesTheMute

Yep, been using MSE for over a year now, on all my Windows boxes.  I even dropped SEP on my work computer and installed MSE instead.

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Velox

Just downloaded it after reading this article. I will give it a whirl.  @$&!@ Symantec.

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Keith E. Whisman

I made the switch, it's a pretty good suite and the price is just fantastic. 

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DOOMHAMMA

I use it on every PC I use, except for the ones I have ESET on. It's a great program, its somewhat slower in scan times compared to some products, but it is one of the best, and its free!

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deadsenator

I've been at this a long time.  Typically, you need two virus scanners to catch all virii.  One real time and another to double-check on a spot basis or when new bits are introduced (downloaded/thumbdrive, etc).  I have seen things get past MSE, but not nearly as bad as McAfee/Symantec.  Not even close.  MSE is much better on resources than almost all other A/V engines.  Ergo why I load it on nearly all systems I come across.  AVG is ok, Avast is ok, too.  They are free, but they are pigs. They need a diet.

All of them need to do a better job on rootkits.  That's one of the biggest problems I see in the wild now.

 

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Keith E. Whisman

Please, listen to me and everyone else, don't ever install two virus scanners on the same computer. Running two virus scanners will fuck up your computer. Just do a google search, look up running two virus scanners in Windows and you'll get a lot of websites telling you it's a bad idea. 

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deadsenator

Perhaps I did not word it clearly enough.  One in realtime and another for on the spot scanning.  It's not that difficult to do, but as I said, I've been doing this for a while and can understand that most folks out there may not know which boxes to check.  Is it that hard?

Two scanners running at once will make the system verrry slow, yes.  I did not need to check any websites after googling, either.  I've done it just for the giggles. 

You've made it sound like I've endorsed drowning puppies.

 

I'm against that too, BTW.

 

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lunchbox73

Agreed. AV + Malware scanner = Ok but AV + AV = bad.

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Jesterace

I haven't used MSE in a long time, but whenever I tried it on my relatives old PC's it dragged it's ass. Took forever to load and scan, though it could be due to the lack of modern hardware. Considering I find anyone elses computer slow compared to my own. Though on Vista/7 I found it ran fine on the olderish hardware but with XP it didn't seem to agree.

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Blues22475

Despite what I thought about Windows Defender, I think MSE is pretty good program. It's free, it's pretty light on system resources, and older computers can run it like champs. I was also impressed with how it can detect things that other anti-virus programs (even the more prevalent ones).

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devastator_2000

After reading about in in an issue of Maximum PC, I thought that I would give it a try.  I am glad that I did.  It works great and is not a burden on system resources.

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Caboose

I've got it running on my HTPC and love it. It's never slowed down my system one bit!

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jlh304

I think it's a great product and use it on all my systems except my WHS.  I wish I could use it on my WHS but last I checked it wouldn't install on it.  Wish they would make it work for WHS.

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