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For those with a legit Windows install, now that AVG is crap boggy, Norton is the same crap it's always been. Get this for FREE from dear old Bill G :) easy to install, unobtrusive, and doesnt load the system

Help protect your PC with Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials is a new, free consumer anti-malware solution for your computer. It helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It's available as a no-cost download for Windows XP SP2 and higher, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

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Quiet ProtectionMicrosoft Security Essentials doesn't get in your way. It runs quietly in the background and schedules a scan when your computer is most likely idle. You only see alerts when you need to take action.
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#2
Tried this ages ago, however, prefer Avast myself.
#3
*** BEWARE ***.

This is another form of Spyware from Microsoft. You cannot opt out of Spynet which installs with this and continuously sends your computers information to Microsoft, including all installed programs, patches, and history. See links below...

http://www.cnet.com.au/microsoft-sec...-339298827.htm

http://www.nerdgrind.com/microsoft-security-essentials-includes-spynet-spyware/

There's lots of good free antivirus, firewalls, and antispyware. AVG not so good, uses tons of resources. Eg. Avira, avast, comodo, superantispyware, adaware, etc.
#4
james4809
*** BEWARE ***.

This is another form of Spyware from Microsoft. You cannot opt out of Spynet which installs with this and continuously sends your computers information to Microsoft, including all installed programs, patches, and history. See links below...

http://www.cnet.com.au/microsoft-sec...-339298827.htm

http://www.nerdgrind.com/microsoft-security-essentials-includes-spynet-spyware/

There's lots of good free antivirus, firewalls, and antispyware. AVG not so good, uses tons of resources. Eg. Avira, avast, comodo, superantispyware, adaware, etc.


Does this mean MS knows about me visiting those SPECIALIST :oops: websites and my FETISH INTERESTS :oops:

...... DOH :whistling:
banned#5
I use this myself never had any problems with it.
#6
yeah also use this,

have used this since they released it :P

never let me down.
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I used to use AVG, couldnt fault it then moved it Avast which was slightly better but now use Kaspersky security suite since I got it free from Barclays. Kaspersky has been a big improvement from when I first used it back in the day.

I know MS was a pile of dogpoo when it first came out with their security stuff but now has improved a little with this security essentials improved a little. I personally still would'nt go for it though.

For those who are willing to pay for their software or want to know the best freebies out there, check out av-comparatives. They test lots of different antivirus software and publish the reports on different kinds of tests.
#8
used to use kapersky free from barclays untill i got this a few months ago and i wont be going back to kasperky this is much better
good find for those that not all ready got heat added
#9
"Norton is the same crap it's always been"

you need to do some proper research mate. NIS2010 just won product of the year 2009 on AV comparatives. beating this, Kaspersky, Eset and, well pretty much everything else.
find me a pro review of Norton 2010 that states its crap. you wont find one.

and after 10 years working in the computer business, I never ever thought I'd be saying that, since I spent about 9 of those years refusing to reccommend it!
#10
big-boy
Does this mean MS knows about me visiting those SPECIALIST :oops: websites and my FETISH INTERESTS :oops:

...... DOH :whistling:


Quite possibly as it's in your internet history, which is submitted to microsoft by MSE.
It also means they will know about any unlicensed dodgy software on your PC, including your version of windows.
Personally I would not want Microsoft breathing down my neck no matter how good this is at catching viruses and spyware. Anyway, If it did it's job properly it would detect itself as spyware and uninstall.
#11
Marko_2010
I use this myself never had any problems with it.


You wouldn't notice any problems, the whole point of spyware is that you don't know it's there. While everything is working fine, detailed information about your PC is being reported to Microsoft by Spynet, which is built into MSE.
#12
It does what is says on the tin, however as others have mentioned it does contain spyware/monitoring software, and also i found it not the lightest of programs. Still, if you want a free alternative to Avast it's up there for actual detection rate.

Steve
#13
james4809
Quite possibly as it's in your internet history, which is submitted to microsoft by MSE.
It also means they will know about any unlicensed dodgy software on your PC, including your version of windows.
Personally I would not want Microsoft breathing down my neck no matter how good this is at catching viruses and spyware. Anyway, If it did it's job properly it would detect itself as spyware and uninstall.


Only if it finds something
#15
Take note of the update @the bottom of that page though.
#16
does anyone know if this conflicts with already installed security you have on your PC i have Kalpeisky
#17
^Stick to 1
#18
"easy to install, unobtrusive, and doesnt load the system "

MS must have bought it in from a 3rd party then!
#19
theres loads of free anti virus and malware software which is just as good..
#20
Comodo Internet Security Free Edition is great. Lots of features and extremely good at detecting any nasties, one issue is that its so good at its job it can give you a few issues setting up permissions when its first installed.

Link
#21
james4809
Quite possibly as it's in your internet history, which is submitted to microsoft by MSE.
It also means they will know about any unlicensed dodgy software on your PC, including your version of windows.
Personally I would not want Microsoft breathing down my neck no matter how good this is at catching viruses and spyware. Anyway, If it did it's job properly it would detect itself as spyware and uninstall.


They don't seem to want to do anything about it, i've been using this for months........... :whistling:
#22
I have this on the wife's laptop and not long after it started running slow - all software is legit BTW

I'm un-installing it and putting Avast on her's and mine :)
#23
I dont get why people are being so stingy on their security. Do people have paper for their front doors? Then why just go for something because its free.
#24
Agent_Silver
Tried this ages ago, however, prefer Avast myself.


I tried Avast free but a month or so after I installed it it said that I had to pay to continue and it with run out in 19 days so its marketed deceptively
#25
shadowdogg
I dont get why people are being so stingy on their security. Do people have paper for their front doors? Then why just go for something because its free.


Not sure that argument really stands up.

You still have to pay for paper!! :-D
#26
shadowdogg
I dont get why people are being so stingy on their security. Do people have paper for their front doors? Then why just go for something because its free.


No one gets in my back door.
#27
Has been posted before under a different title.
However voted HOT as sme people may have missed it and it is a good of software.
#28
james4809
*** BEWARE ***.

This is another form of Spyware from Microsoft. You cannot opt out of Spynet which installs with this and continuously sends your computers information to Microsoft, including all installed programs, patches, and history. See links below...

http://www.cnet.com.au/microsoft-sec...-339298827.htm

http://www.nerdgrind.com/microsoft-security-essentials-includes-spynet-spyware/

There's lots of good free antivirus, firewalls, and antispyware. AVG not so good, uses tons of resources. Eg. Avira, avast, comodo, superantispyware, adaware, etc.


Whoa there cowboy. You've linked to some obscure anti ms blog post and a very positive review from CNET which gives Editor's rating:9.0 User rating:9.2.

Best to stop being so paranoid and spreading FUD over what is a decent product. You may of course be confusing Spynet, the cloud based heuristic behavioural analysis engine with Skynet, the self aware 'machine' network which will start the war against humans. That may explain your concern.
#29
Wicked Lester
You may of course be confusing Spynet, the cloud based heuristic behavioural analysis engine with Skynet, the self aware 'machine' network which will start the war against humans. That may explain your concern.


Legendary post! :lol:
#30
Anyone looking for good freeware should use GIZMO FREEWARE.
Really good site to lookup the best freeware out there.
Highly recommended from myself.
#31
Ive ditched this as it recently failed to detect malware on my PC. Nearly totally screwed my PC up, thank **** for system restore! Am now using comodo internet security. I thought MS SE was good until then!
#32
Dont bother, just use Avira
#33
hughwp
I tried Avast free but a month or so after I installed it it said that I had to pay to continue and it with run out in 19 days so its marketed deceptively


I have been using it for several months, and it doesn't run out until 28/2/2010, did you get yours off a cover disc? There is a paid for version and trial versions of that going around! Avast is absolutely free, and autorenews after a year - did you register it?

When I am feeling flush I may well re-invest in Norton as the last version was excellent, but, for a free programme backed up by superantispyware and PC Tools fire wall + I feel I have got great, free protection! For on demand try Malwarebytes Antimalware (just doesn't have realtime protection!)
#34
batesie
Dont bother, just use Avira


Tried that, and the nag screen got right on my nerves, apart from that supposedly excellent.
#35
Agent_Silver
I have been using it for several months, and it doesn't run out until 28/2/2010, did you get yours off a cover disc? There is a paid for version and trial versions of that going around! Avast is absolutely free, and autorenews after a year - did you register it?

When I am feeling flush I may well re-invest in Norton as the last version was excellent, but, for a free programme backed up by superantispyware and PC Tools fire wall + I feel I have got great, free protection! For on demand try Malwarebytes Antimalware (just doesn't have realtime protection!)

I downloaded the free version from their site
#36
AVG let a virus thorugh and that was it. So did norton. This however protects against the LEAST amount of threats. The worst thing is, NO virus protection programs are much cop these days. All you need is one malicious script to make its way in and then its a lot of hassle trying to get rid of it. Which is why i do not believe in paying for virus protection.
#37
what about your home, do you not believe in paying for locks or alarm systems?

if theres a way in, someone will find it, protected or not.

you can use basic locks or protect your home with better quality ones that you pay for.
#38
slackrat77
what about your home, do you not believe in paying for locks or alarm systems?

if theres a way in, someone will find it, protected or not.

you can use basic locks or protect your home with better quality ones that you pay for.


I make sure I get the best type of insurance. If what you say is true, and someone will eventually break in, then why not spend money making sure what they can take is replaceable? As for what's not replaceable, thats as well protected as can be - believe me.

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