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great software - have been using from last 2 years, never had problems. also takes less cpu memory you will not notice.

thought it might be useful
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.

Read the Microsoft Security Essentials Privacy Statement and License Agreement.

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Microsoft Security Essentials is available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs. If your business has more than 10 PCs, you can protect your computers with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection.

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#1
I agree, I have been using for a couple of years also. Never had any problems and unlike other programs it is nowhere near as invasive on your system. Does exactly what it says and I for one recommend it.
1 Like #2
I prefer avast! but this is pretty good as well - avoid AVG imho
#4
excellent software compared to AVG
#5
Lombear
I prefer avast! but this is pretty good as well - avoid AVG imho


AVG was great in it's day. That day has been and gone. Avast is my recommendation at the moment.
#6
Dechilo
Lombear
I prefer avast! but this is pretty good as well - avoid AVG imho


AVG was great in it's day. That day has been and gone. Avast is my recommendation at the moment.


Agreed, although wish I didn't have to re-register after 12 months unlike the auto renewal for registration of before
#7
Interesting subject!

What I'd like to ask is, how/why is AVG now no good? I've used it for years and, touch wood, had next to no virus problems, or malware hassle either.
#8
my macafee ends soon, will keep this in mind thanks
#9
tried it when mse2 came out and got a virus in 2 days went back to avg which has come above avast in the 2 top computer mags in uk pc pro and computer shopper for the last 2 years.
#10
avg free blows this away, been useing it 10 years now.
3 Likes #11
Avg vs Security Essentials

Much better than avg, far less resource consuming aswell.
#12
yeah I far prefer this to avg, avg got a bit bloaty.
#13
Dechilo
AVG was great in it's day. That day has been and gone. Avast is my recommendation at the moment.

Agreed. I had to switch to Avast as well. You can use the free version for 12 months without registering again.
Also read good things about Microsoft Security Essentials. Use either of the two.
#14
Magazine rankings are ok but practical experience is best. AVG is useless for things like the XP Antivirus malware that installs via dodgy advertising - Avast! has got it every time. The new version has reduced resources and has sandboxing which is being adopted by allplayers it seems.

I do use microsoft for my pure gaming PC as it is very good on resource use but have Avast! for the family PC as that is more likely to get pwned

Edited By: Lombear on Apr 11, 2011 00:22
#15
Agree about AVG - but Avira Free gets my vote. Light on resources, strong on protection.
banned#16
Supatramp
Interesting subject!

What I'd like to ask is, how/why is AVG now no good? I've used it for years and, touch wood, had next to no virus problems, or malware hassle either.

the number of threads in MISC with people having viruses are nearly all AVG users from what I have seen

I'd rather have nothing than AVG FREE

Just because AVG doesnt find any viruses on your PC, doesnt mean you are not infected (you most likely are!)

KASPERSKY found 3 trojans on my old AVG PC that had been there years - luckily I hadnt excuted them (and they werent false positives either).



Edited By: csiman on Apr 11, 2011 07:38
#17
I use this and had 4 days worth of infections with a new trojan (not so good) but the Microsoft telephone customer service was fantastic - not even a premium rate number, can't believe it was free. Very impressed
#18
ooooh where to start with AVG....

Poor design
Bloated
Slow
causes random BSOD
The number of cases of BSOD on reboot after install.....
Slow scan times
No cloud based detection
Overheads

Prior to this AVG was brilliant and in use since it first came out! Sorry that ship has sailed... Personal choice is a get a copy of Norton OEM for about £13 easily the best paid for AV out there at the moment and before you Norton bashers start it's NOTHING like the Norton of old that we all used to moan about
banned#19
this is far better then AVG and for those idiots stating " i got a virus after so many days " thats your fault for doing whatever you were doing, i bet MSE cleared it up easy, so its doing its job as its meant to.

AVG was good when it came out because there wasnt many other freebies around, as soon as avast came in the scene people realise how poor AVG is im suprised people still use that crap.

quick edit to above post whilst i mainly agree with you norton isnt the best ESET Nod32 is by farrrrrrr.

Edited By: HybridTheory on Apr 11, 2011 08:36
#20
I switched from AVG to MSE a few months ago and glad I did. I used AVG for about eight years, until they tried to be too clever with the program.

Edited By: Predikuesi on Apr 11, 2011 08:38
#21
Why is this a deal, it's always been free, and now it's free?
banned#22
Jinkz
Why is this a deal, it's always been free, and now it's free?


more of a notification i guess.
1 Like #23
I agree - AVG has had it's day. As much as I hate Microsoft they've got it right with Security Essentials
banned#24
Jinkz
Why is this a deal, it's always been free, and now it's free?

thats why its in freebies! :|
1 Like #25
Haha id hardly call this a "deal". That means Avira free and Avast! Free are deals too then does it not?

It is very good AV protection though to say its free. Im using it now, simple and easy interface, doesnt slow up your system at all and has caught everything so far (no reformats yet...)

Agreed about AVG... was good in its day (when people were totally **** off at being ripped off by Norton/Mcafee when they used to be poop) but the competition has overtaken AVG and its trailing wayyy behind now. To be honest, i stick to an antivirus for 2/3 years then change to a competitor. Used to use kaspersky but went off it when it let adware/spyware through and i couldnt get rid of it.
#26
Does this mean I can download this for free and get rid of my Norton or do I need both?
#27
Good find, but I prefer an All in one bundle, like Kaspersky Internet Security Suite (you can get it from £6 upward, seen here at Hotukdeals); no hassle of installing firewall on it's own and the antivirus on it's own, not to mention spam killer....
#28
118luke

It is very good AV protection though to say its free. Im using it now, simple and easy interface, doesnt slow up your system at all and has caught everything so far (no reformats yet...)




The trouble with antivirus software is that you can never be sure of that. It will have caught everything it's told you it's caught, but you'll never know what it's missed.

Anyone seen any comparative reviews lately? Is this free Microsoft software really up to the standard of Avira Free (which has caught everything for me X))?
#29
yes it does:-)
jkofcolwick
Does this mean I can download this for free and get rid of my Norton or do I need both?
#30
tbh, yeah it shouldnt be really posted as always been free and not new, but when its the topic of anti-virus/malware software, publicity and encouraging people to update/upgrade is always helpful to the internet as a whole (hence voted hot).
1 Like #31
Newbold
118luke

It is very good AV protection though to say its free. Im using it now, simple and easy interface, doesnt slow up your system at all and has caught everything so far (no reformats yet...)



The trouble with antivirus software is that you can never be sure of that. It will have caught everything it's told you it's caught, but you'll never know what it's missed.

Anyone seen any comparative reviews lately? Is this free Microsoft software really up to the standard of Avira Free (which has caught everything for me X))?

Most (not all) virus' leave a trail of some sort. Im fairly good at spotting one (one givaway sign is opening an .exe file and the DOS prompt window opens then dissapears instantaniously. Then you discover new folders in your program files and windows folders and new mysterious processes appearing in the processes window)

Like i knew before straight away id caught a virus and Kaspersky claimed to have caught it... yet everytime i started my computer it claimed it had detected (and quarrantined) it over and over again. Result was a format :( Virus 1 - me 0

...so far, with security essentials this hasnt happened (YET!)
#32
Gone to this from Sophos and AVG on various people's machines. Machines run much quicker with this although i suspect that Sophos is probably better than MSE.....This is free and Sophos requires updating to the new version every so often through the home use program whereas this doesn't.
#33
Started using this instead of norton. Then a week or so ago it let a virus through and completely crashed. So I had to install norton to get rid fo said virus. Careful going back to this now.
#34
had this on my laptop and it was fully up-to-date, let a virus in which meant a system recovery, and two days after that the same virus came back again, recovered my system now but have gone to eset smart security 4 which I know is not free but if you know where to look it can be. best software around, defiantly wouldn't touch Microsoft essentials again.
#35
That's a little worrying - a surprising number of reports of Microsoft Security Essentials failing to do its job.

I wonder just how good it really is, or whether it's just that people think it's good because (as with any anti-virus software) you're never aware of what it's missing.

This number of people actually becoming aware of a problem with MSE makes me very concerned about it, and I'll stick with my Avira Free. ;)
#36
I've always used Avira, but might give this a try...
#37
We all love to save money but this is one area I would strongly recommend you don't compromise. You only need to pay £15.49 for 1 year of ESET Smart Security 4 and you can even try it for free for 30 days!!
#38
thanks all - always good to get views from people who are familiar with anti-virus stuff for non-techies like me.
#39
If anybody plans on using this I advise getting specialist firewall software as Windows' can't be relied on for security.
#40
does this mean im been paying for norton for no real reason ?

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