1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

Attention! Windows XP Users That Have Microsoft Security Essentials

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by flavallee, Apr 17, 2014.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Messages:
    78,625
    First Name:
    Frank
  2. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,761
    Wouldn't it be a good time to dump MSE for good? There are better alternatives out there anyway, even free ones.

    I don't know about you, but if Microsoft is killing XP, personally, I wouldn't trust them to move heaven and earth to keep MSE running smoothly on XP... :rolleyes:

    Aren't we seeing enough problems between MSE and XP lately... ?
     
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Messages:
    78,625
    First Name:
    Frank
    I'm not running Windows XP in any of my computers, so it's not affecting me.

    I'm just trying to make those who are using MSE in Windows XP aware of the most recent issue.

    ----------------------------------------------------------
     
  4. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,761
    Sorry if it may have looked that way, flavallee. It wasn't really directed at you. :)

    Your information is useful. One more hint...

    I just think maybe it's time for MSE users to move on. It's much easier than "moving on" from Windows XP... :D
     
  5. AtlBo

    AtlBo

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2010
    Messages:
    678
    One good solution:

    Avast + PrivateFirewall

    (y)
     
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Messages:
    78,625
    First Name:
    Frank
    I've never used Avast, but it seems to be the most popular alternative to using MSE.

    If I'm correct, MSE will no longer install in Windows XP computers that don't already have it.

    -----------------------------------------------------------
     
  7. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,761
    Could be.

    Free solutions however aren't many... For people who can't afford to pay for an antivirus, I'd say Avast has good ratings. But, there's a very good assortment of paid ones out there. Suites will include the firewall.
     
  8. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,761
    At least the latest version.
     
  9. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Messages:
    78,625
    First Name:
    Frank
    When I previously worked on some old Windows XP computers that have a slow single-core processor and a small amount of RAM and were running MSE, its "MsMpEng.exe" running process used 300 MB+ of RAM in some of them.

    That running process alone would be enough to slow them down to a turtle's pace.

    Once that running process was disabled or MSE was uninstalled, they returned to a normal pace.

    The "MsMpEng.exe" running process is using 400 MB+ in my Windows 7 computer, but it having a core 2 duo 3.16 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM prevents it from slowing things down.

    It's definitely not designed to be used in old, slow computers.

    ---------------------------------------------------------
     
  10. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Messages:
    78,625
    First Name:
    Frank
  11. onevoice1255

    onevoice1255

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Messages:
    69
    EDITED POST -Sorry, I ment to state that I'm unable to load any MS Security Essentials UPDATES, not the program itself. I've had MSE since it became available, but not it fails to update automatically as well as manually.

    If anyone has a suggest I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks.
     
  12. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,761
    If you decide to install another antivirus, by all means, remove MSE first. Never install two antivirus programs on the same computer.

    As for Norton, I'd choose something else...

    If you're gonna go on with XP, might as well be adequately protected. They say an antivirus will not be able to compensate for the lack of security patches from Microsoft, but it can sure help when part of a multi-layered security strategy.
     
  13. Tabvla

    Tabvla

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2006
    Messages:
    2,554
    Be careful of Avast on XP. Latest versions cause XP to freeze. And freeze in such a way that the computer is irrecoverable. Recently had this issue with a client, fortunately the client had a recent image of the System Disk so we could rebuild the disk. Without the image it would have been terminal. :mad:

    http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=137454.new;topicseen#new

    T.
     
  14. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2009
    Messages:
    34,761
    MSE, now Avast! It's a conspiracy against XP! :eek: :D
     
  15. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    18,546
    Just to give another thought on the matter.
    I have been using Avast free for over ten years on a Win Xp Pro without any problems.
    And have just updated to the latest version 2014.9.0.2016 and on re-boot no problems.
     
  16. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/1124288

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice