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Discussion in 'General Security' started by nibras23, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. nibras23

    nibras23 Thread Starter

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    My friend suggested Microsoft Security Essentials as a great, worry-free, full time malware protection software.
    How much of his claim is actually true? Should I abandon my present Kaspersky anti-virus for this? Or should I keep both? Or is this software not worth getting?
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. simsboy27

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    Hello,
    I have heard Microsoft Security Essentials is a decent anti-virus program, its supposed to be very lightweight and pretty good at virus detecting. But, if you can afford the Kaspersky I would recommend keeping that. I've had Kaspersky Internet Security for about 5 years and its done its job very well. I do have Microsoft Security Essentials on my old Windows XP computer and it runs well, but overall Kaspersky has always done the job great.
     
  3. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Don't try to have both on there, they'll conflict with each other.

    Ask a number of members here about anti virus programmes and you'll end up with a number of recommendations - all good ... so the choice will have to be yours.

    fwiw - I use MSE on Vista & XP and find it effective and unobtrusive.
     
  4. Jack1000

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    I really like Microsoft Security Essentials. (MSE) It is totally free but requires a genuine (legal) copy of Windows to install: Installation is fast and easy.

    With MSE, don't have to worry about license keys or expiration dates on subscriptions. There are no pop-ups unless it finds or suspects a threat and it will tell you what to do to solve the issue in plain English. It provides Real-Time-Monitoring and automatic updates. I heard Kaspersky is very good, but NOT recommended for newbies.

    I came from Avast AV, and while I thought it was OK, they twice pushed out Program Updates that hosed my system and the pop-ups trying to force you to update to pro (buying the pro version) got to be too much. If you are not careful during Avast's installation, you might get unrelated things you don't want. (Be sure to uncheck the Install Google Chrome) with Avast or you will get it anyway! (Unless you want it.)

    Just make sure you only have ONE always Up-To-Date AV program. (In addition to Add/Remove Programs, use a Program like CC Cleaner to remove any uninstall AV fragments from your system.) MSE works on Windows XP all the way to and including Windows 7. The new Windows 8's Windows Defender acts as its own AV. Windows Defender in previous Windows versions is not an AV, it is a malware blocker only. MSE is an upgrade to Windows Defender when installed on Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you have Windows Defender on Windows XP, it will be upgraded to MSE if you choose to install MSE. I highly recommend this AV program.

    Jack
     
  5. nibras23

    nibras23 Thread Starter

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    Thanks a lot guys. Really appreciate your input. But the discrepancies in your answers has me very confused now. Anyone else have an opinion on this?
     
  6. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    As a free antivirus, MSE is good but it is very basic & doesn't have all the configuration abilities of a fully featured paid for antivirus

    Kaspersky is amongst the best AV on the market, with excellent support.
    If you are happy with Kaspersky, then stay with it.
     
  7. nibras23

    nibras23 Thread Starter

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    Thing is, I have a very old version of Kaspersky. I'm currently using Kaspersky 2010. I had this on another computer a couple of years back, and after I got this one, since my Norton expired, I installed the Kaspersky into it. Now my subscription will expire in a few months, so I was wondering whether I should go ahead and buy the latest Kaspersky, or just save my money and get MSE.
     
  8. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    That is your choice, but as you already have Kaspersky installed, you are entitled to a free upgrade to latest version for the remainder of your licence time.
    do the upgrade & see if you like & get on with the new version. If you do & can afford it, then renew it./ If you don't get on with it, then try MSE when Kaspersky runs out

    http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/productupdates?domain=kaspersky.com
     
  9. nibras23

    nibras23 Thread Starter

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    I had no clue I could do that.
    Thanks! :)
    I'll see how I like it and then decide.
     
  10. ChumCaster

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    Keep Kaspersky. Security Essentials (now Windows Defender) simply isn't very good. I recently had a customer's machine come in with MSE reporting that it had detected an Alurion.A infection, and suggesting that I run Windows Defender Offline. So I built a bootable CD, ran the program, and it detected nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Yet after a reboot, MSE was still reporting an Alurion.A infection.

    Used TDSSKiller to remove it, then ran additional scans with MBAM and Eset's online scanner and slew more bugs. When the computer was picked up, I strongly suggested that the customer replace Windows Defender with something more effective such as NOD32 or Kaspersky. They were horrified that neither of these were free, until I reminded them that their "free" Windows Defender had just cost them $120.
     
  11. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    before you keep on posting incorrect information, please learn a bit about what you are attempting to reply to

    Defender has not replaced MSE
    Defender is the inbuilt anti-malware program on Windows 8 only
    MSE is still a free download for all other versions of windows so has not been renamed to defender.
     
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