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July 19, 2013 9:00:11 PM

Hey guys,

I'm about ready to do my first boot on my new rig (YAY! :D ) and I was wondering:
Would you guys recommend Microsoft Security Essentials as a good first antivirus? (at least compared to others?)

It was recommended on this video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok

But that was a few years ago and I was wondering if it is still a good one.

Thanks!
July 19, 2013 9:06:19 PM

nope.

it's average in every regard; and poor with removing the bugs it does catch; i find Avast! to be a solid set it and forget it anti-virus, comodo is the best free firewall you can get, i've used AVG a long time, but recent changes soured me on it. Though i like the amount of control it gives you, and it's undeniably effective, i have recently swapped over to Avast! just to avoid the headache with their ad spam.

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July 19, 2013 9:10:36 PM
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Inquisitive Builder said:
Hey guys,

I'm about ready to do my first boot on my new rig (YAY! :D ) and I was wondering:
Would you guys recommend Microsoft Security Essentials as a good first antivirus? (at least compared to others?)

It was recommended on this video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok

But that was a few years ago and I was wondering if it is still a good one.

Thanks!


Generally yes.

Unlike other anti-virus programs which use complex heuristics to detect malicious programs, MSE uses signature checking. Signature checking is far less demanding on system resources and rarely raises false positives. MSE catches about 99.999% of common malware, but is otherwise unable to detect any malware that hasn't previously been identified. Unless you're operating a clandestine nuclear program it's good enough.
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July 19, 2013 9:22:34 PM

MSE hasn't passed certification in the last 2 years.
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July 19, 2013 9:23:59 PM

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July 19, 2013 10:14:45 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
MSE hasn't passed certification in the last 2 years.

Do you believe that this is both a problem for MSE, and a result of a problem with MSE, or are you just throwing it out as a quick and effective way of persuading people not to use it?
I don't want to seem stubborn, but I tend to be leery of a seeming bombshell of a point like that without it having been elaborated upon. ^^

I've used AVG, Avast, McAfee, Norton, and finally ended up with MSE. I've stayed almost completely virus free for the last 10 years as far as I know, so they're all probably effective antiviruses, but the thing that really got me hooked on MSE is that it never causes me issues, whether it be with system restore or a more advanced recovery option in Windows, or with internet connectivity and never having issues with programs getting access to bandwidth, which are some of the kinds of issues that have popped up with every other antivirus I've had.

TL;DR - Most recommended antivirus programs will probably do the job for you, but MSE will probably never give you a headache. ^^
July 19, 2013 10:32:12 PM

Lezli said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
MSE hasn't passed certification in the last 2 years.

Do you believe that this is both a problem for MSE, and a result of a problem with MSE, or are you just throwing it out as a quick and effective way of persuading people not to use it?
I don't want to seem stubborn, but I tend to be leery of a seeming bombshell of a point like that without it having been elaborated upon. ^^

I've used AVG, Avast, McAfee, Norton, and finally ended up with MSE. I've stayed almost completely virus free for the last 10 years as far as I know, so they're all probably effective antiviruses, but the thing that really got me hooked on MSE is that it never causes me issues, whether it be with system restore or a more advanced recovery option in Windows, or with internet connectivity and never having issues with programs getting access to bandwidth, which are some of the kinds of issues that have popped up with every other antivirus I've had.

TL;DR - Most recommended antivirus programs will probably do the job for you, but MSE will probably never give you a headache. ^^


The best antivirus is a smart user :) 
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