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Daveski17
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:11 pm    Post subject: MSE, the best free AV? Reply with quote

Yesterday I finally uninstalled my McAfee antivirus suite. I have been using it for over a year & got it originally with my ISP (BT Yahoo!).

I have nothing against McAfee, it is just that it is so heavy as an AV suite & slows my laptop down, especially if I get McAfee DAT updates coinciding with Microsoft updates. I've used Norton & Bullguard in the past. I originally got Norton with BT Yahoo! I'm glad they changed to McAfee as Norton was just one headache after another. Bullguard is an Anglo-Swedish AV with BitDefender's engine & the Russian 'Outpost' firewall (I believe). However I really needed to get away from heavy AV suites.

So I thought I would go for the Panda Cloud Free. This is a very light 'cloud' AV & it installed quickly & my computer was much faster. I was quite impressed with its simplicity & ease of use. I ran a quick scan & all seemed fine. Later I ran a full scan & after about 40 mins it reported 3 viruses! I realised that they were false-positives & uninstalled the Panda Cloud. I have since discovered it has a propensity for f/ps.

I decided to try Microsoft Security Essentials (aka MSE). It downloaded easily enough (it does check to make sure you have a genuine version of Windows), updated itself & I ran a full scan. My PC was clean, as I suspected.

Apart from the fact that it disables Windows Defender (which Microsoft believes is superfluous when you use MSE) I was impressed & it is very light & easy to use. AV Comparitives.com rate it highly.

So, if you're looking for a freeware light, effective antivirus program it is worth having a look at MSE.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: MSE, the best free AV? Reply with quote

Daveski17 wrote:

Apart from the fact that it disables Windows Defender (which Microsoft believes is superfluous when you use MSE) I was impressed & it is very light & easy to use. AV Comparitives.com rate it highly.

So, if you're looking for a freeware light, effective antivirus program it is worth having a look at MSE.

As I discovered, MSE is quite weak in detecting fake AVs- see the review on AV comparatives here:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/pua-tests

Among free anti viruses, Avast was the best with 96.9% detection rate, 4.2% better than MSE's 92.7% detection, among paid AVs Panda was the best with 99.9% detection rate.

Alternatively I found that K9 works well in blocking malware sites though by default it also blocks adult/abortion/blasphemous content, so you will need to go into settings to reduce the level if you do not want that:

http://download.cnet.com/K9-Web-Protection-32-bit/3000-27064_4-10487710.html

http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

video on youtube explaining some of the functions here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzb4C4Byx_c
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad you unisntalled mcafee, there is no reason to pay for security apps now days such as mcafee and norton when we have free ones like AVG and Microsoft security essentials.i remember back in 1990 when we had no choice but to go with them,,,,its still mind boggling why people dont do a little research, i guess they enjoy paying for something thinking that if they pay, they get the best....so not true...
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Daveski17
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: MSE, the best free AV? Reply with quote

rezercher wrote:
Daveski17 wrote:

Apart from the fact that it disables Windows Defender (which Microsoft believes is superfluous when you use MSE) I was impressed & it is very light & easy to use. AV Comparitives.com rate it highly.

So, if you're looking for a freeware light, effective antivirus program it is worth having a look at MSE.

As I discovered, MSE is quite weak in detecting fake AVs- see the review on AV comparatives here:

http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/pua-tests

Among free anti viruses, Avast was the best with 96.9% detection rate, 4.2% better than MSE's 92.7% detection, among paid AVs Panda was the best with 99.9% detection rate.

Alternatively I found that K9 works well in blocking malware sites though by default it also blocks adult/abortion/blasphemous content, so you will need to go into settings to reduce the level if you do not want that:

http://download.cnet.com/K9-Web-Protection-32-bit/3000-27064_4-10487710.html

http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

video on youtube explaining some of the functions here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzb4C4Byx_c


There are a lot of debates on which is the best freeware AV. I have been running MSE on three separate computers & two different operating systems for over two years now & it has been fine.

It is light & easy to use.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

softe wrote:
glad you unisntalled mcafee, there is no reason to pay for security apps now days such as mcafee and norton when we have free ones like AVG and Microsoft security essentials.i remember back in 1990 when we had no choice but to go with them,,,,its still mind boggling why people dont do a little research, i guess they enjoy paying for something thinking that if they pay, they get the best....so not true...


I got McAfee free. It's not as bad as people make it out to be, but at the very best, it is mediocre.
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