Microsoft Security Essentials Question

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by TheMozart, Jan 4, 2012.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    Im using W7 and during an W7 update, I selected to install Microsoft Security Essentials. But now I don't see it anywhere or even know if it's running. How can I tell?
     
  2. lodore

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    there should be an icon in the right hand corner which looks like a house. you will need to click on the little arrow to see it since all tray icons are hidden by default in windows 7.
     
  3. TheMozart

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    Ahh yeah, there it is, hiding from me :) I am new to W7, been using Vista.

    Is it any good to keep running in ram? Does it slow down my laptop? Is it accurate and good finding threats?
     
  4. lodore

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    MSE provides reliable protection. not sure how heavy it is.
    av test
     
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    How do I tell MSE to check for updates every day and automatically install definition updates? I have to keep doing it manually.
     
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    Hi:

    Searh youtube on MSE tests and see how effective it is. Generaly its good at detection (proactive) but soso at on-demand detection (not effective enough) but its realtime detection is relatively good.
     
  8. STV0726

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    If by "on-demand" you mean those YouTube punks that open a folder full of "malware" and do what they call "zero day" tests, I wouldn't place that much trust in those results.

    Why not, you say? Simple: You know as well as I do some of the crap in there is broken and not actually malware; they are not bothering to pre-screen them like a major testing laboratory would. Take those results with a grain of salt.

    Microsoft Security Essentials is generally very good and when I factor in the fact that's it's 1st party software, has decent footprint (which is to get better in the beta I am testing by the way), and is being very proactively developed by Microsoft for inclusion into Windows 8, I make it my personal favorite choice of free AV.

    Use what you will. I do recommend MSE. And it isn't a house icon, it's a cute little castle! :D

    EDIT: I should state that I am not a fan boy. If you see me on Microsoft Answers I am giving them plenty of negative feedback, so I am fair.
     
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    I find that MSE RAM-spikes a bit after an update on my Vista notebook, so it isn't wise to initiate a scan immediately after an update on it. It is quite light though & was a revelation after using the heavy Norton & McAfee AVs. On my Win 7 64 bit desktop MSE is almost like not having an AV it's so light. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone, & the price is right too.
     
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