Microsoft Security Essentials Usage Rising Steadily

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blegs38552

From what I see in the Win 8 beta, Defender provides all of the malware protection that I will need. Additionally, the firewall in Win 8 appears to work for both incoming and outgoing modes, unlike previous versions in Win 7...etc.

If this is correct, I don't need Norton Internet Security anymore - MSE will be fine for me and will save me a few bucks.

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Madcap_Magician

Running this on a few hundred machines in a business environment. The company maintains a Trend license, but its performance was lackluster next to MSE.

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andrewc513

What's even more is that in Windows 8, Windows Defender is now basically MSE with network inspection and a few other functions stripped out. So out-of-the-box protection is way better now thanks to the Security Essentials definitions and engine slapped onto Defender.

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Athlonite

there's only one problem with it that I can think of and that is it's AVtest.org rating has steadily declined since June 2010 results but then they don't test using beta versions..... so far I've found the beta version 4.0.1512.0 perfecly fine it's lightish on resources doesn't hamper my computing at all

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d3v

I use Linux so I don't need an AV program at all :)

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szore

Why do you use Linux? Are you a programmer or something?

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praetor_alpha

I use Linux on my non-primary machines as well (server, laptop, parents desktop). There are plenty of reasons a non-programmer would use Linux. For instance, their programmer son put it on their desktop, which is why my mom uses Linux.

All my parents do is check email, browse the web, watch youtube, play solitare, and maybe listen to music; Linux does all that well. I went insane and installed Linux instead of reinstalling XP about 2 years ago, and it has surprisingly worked very good.

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bpstone

You can run Windows 7 in a virtual environment without having to dual boot multiple OSs off the system's HDD/s. While Linux does not need an Anti-virus software program installed for a general consumer, you still have to take precautions and configure your system/s correctly. Which distros are being used? What kind of programming?

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andrewc513

99% of what my dad does is stuff he can do exclusively through Google Chrome, so Ubuntu is great in this scenario if you want to shave $100(OEM Windows cost) off the BoM for building a parent's computer.

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Engelsstaub

Even though it's not my primary OS at the mo, I think Ubuntu is great in almost any scenario. There's very little one can not do on Ubuntu that they need Windows (or OS X) for. It's very user-friendly and has its own software store (like the Mac App Store but Canonical did it first and mostly free.)

A lot of people call it Noob-Linux but these are just elitist snobs who ought to be ignored. Ubuntu Linux is still Linux. Just because they made it approachable for non-techies doesn't mean you can't still get your geek on like any Linux distro.

I think you were smart to put Ubuntu on your father's computer for him. If he's inexperienced with computers you just saved him and yourself a lot of headaches. I'm always providing free and annoying tech support to relatives who refuse to learn anything about computers but insist on using Windows. They call me about once a month to get rid of their easily-avoidable viruses. Windows is fine...for people who know and care about WTF they are doing.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

well Ubuntu is really nice and easy and I LOVE UNITY (there I said it) my only problem I have had on it is the nVIdia drivers and Compiz where getting into little fights here and there over how controls what setting causing some rather interesting problems that arn't easily fixed (well I fixed them by upgrading to 12.04 beta)

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SPreston2001

Like others have said its the only thing I use on all my machines and is what I install on my clients machines as well. MSE is by far the best free antivirus program you can have IMO. Before MSE I had been using Norton 360 and Kaspersky for over 10yrs but ever since I installed MSE I havent looked back. MSE combined with anti-malwarebytes will offer plenty of protection for the average user. Anybody with average computer intelligence should be safe with MSE. Gotta give Microsoft kudos for this one!

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dstevens

I use it on all of our computers and I put it on all of my clients computers as well. I also now recommend it at the computer tune up classes I teach. It has caught everything I have thrown at it since the early days when it was known as windows defender. why M$ dosent package this with windows 7 / 8 ill never know, would be way better than the mcaffe crap contracted into oem systems that ultimately forces end users to buy somthing else and pay for a service call and eventually a new machine is needed cause of how suck they are. bad VP programs should b considered viruses in themselves.

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Dartht33bagger

I've been using it on all of my computers for a year or more now. I've liked it since day one and its the only antivirus I recommend now.

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scoop6274

At work I am forced to use Symantec Endpoint Protection (Norton's Enterprise big brother). I have had to clean more machines that have had viri or mal-ware on them at work. My solution for all my home pc's running Windows, MSE. Number of viri I have had to remove at home = 0. Number it has stopped - 5 or 6 that I can remember the warning popping up. I recommend MSE to everyone who asks what type of anti-vir they should be using. My opinion, use safe browsing practices, back up critical data often and use MSE. There is no reason to pay for AV.

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noobstix

I've pretty much used MSE ever since it had came out of Beta the first time. It does in fact catch most of the fairly simple viruses out there and prevents them from running at all. However, some of the more tougher ones it can't deal with (or can only deal with part of it). My computer had caught a nasty virus before Christmas (just when my Winter break from college started) that tanked my OS so I ended up having to reinstall that and all of my essential programs.

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Engelsstaub

Paid AV is now for suckers IMO. :P

There's some good vendors who do an admirable job but MS should be given the credit and respect they deserve for giving their users a viable solution...at no further cost.

Some very inexperienced Windows users may be more comfortable with a paid solution, but intermediate to advanced users would do very well (again IMO) with MSE. I used ESET on my Win PC for a little over a year, at this mag's recommendation, and it was a very good experience. No regrets at all.

A lot of people run Norton down, but I had it for two years or so (when all I used was Windows) and I only got one virus that executed through javascript while I wasn't paying attention. It was easy to find and remove in safe mode. I sent a sample of it to Norton and they updated their definitions the very next day to block it. That's pretty decent service if you ask me. It should be so when you pay though.

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arch20002013

I tried it every since it came out and have not gone to anything else since. It has caught any trogans or virus that I have come across. I have updated to the beta of the new version and it does the same thing. They even have an offline tool that works just as good for computers that are too far gone to run a scan while booted into windows.

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Baer

I now use it on all of our computers and I put it on clients computers. I also now recommend it at the computer tune up classes I teach. It has caught everything I have thrown at it and it sped my boot by about 4 seconds on average compaired to Norton.

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