Microsoft Security Essentials

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Kees1958, Aug 9, 2009.

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  1. Unfortunately, You can never be 100% Secure. 100% Security does not exist. As for MSE, They have done an excellent job with their Antivirus and I applaud them for this excellence. Well done to them for providing free AV for end users benefit!
     
  2. trjam

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    So after all these posts it comes down to, you either like it, or dont.:doubt:
     
  3. JohnnyDollar

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    Are you still running it on any of your machines?
     
  4. Kerodo

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    Isnt' that what it comes down to for any piece of software? :)
     
  5. elapsed

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    Software? More like life :p
     
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    I have a question about dynamic signatures. How does MSE determine if a file needs to be compared against their most current signatures? Does it depend upon its heuristics to make the decision?
     
  7. rokko

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    I use MSE along with ESS about 4 days, and intrestingly, MSE caught some troyans, while ESS did nothing.:doubt:
     
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    i like it as long as you run it on a newer computer running xp
    and for vista and windows 7 it runs very smoothly

    robin
     
  9. nanana1

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    :eek: Are you sure ? This will start some discussions here:p
     
  10. osubuck

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    Bahh.. there will always be samples that one AV will miss that another picks up. If you look at the AV-Comparatives test of August 09 you'll see that Microsoft Onecare/MSE didn't do so well, i'll take this result over a random missed sample reported by a user.
     
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    Sounds familiar to me :D
     
  12. The Hammer

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    Looks like you found your Av solution then.
     
  13. Morro

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    Seems you are correct. :)
     
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    Just tried it and it looks good. Nice and light. Will recommend to friends who just want a free security solution.
     
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    This is an actual test and the result was unexpected with a free and light MSE av software performing better than a paid and acclaimed ESS av suite.:eek:

    Believe that ESS will catch the trojans as well just that MSE beats ESS to it:argh:
     
  16. Soujirou

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    Since no one bit I'll expand upon what I wanted to bring up. MSE updates its signatures about every 24 hours. Many AVs update several times a day. To make up for this, MSE uses:

    So MSE must determine that a file is "suspicious" before it queries DDS. My question was how does MSE determine a file is suspicious? I would guess that it depends upon heuristics. So how is this on par with AVs that typically have heuristics of their own but update several times a day? I believe tests show that heuristics are not as effective as signatures.

    I'm not saying MSE is unsafe or anything, but I do not think DDS compensates for the lower rate of updates. If anything, it just reduces the number of false positives the heuristics may detect. Am I wrong in thinking this?
     
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  18. trjam

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    you software vendors just dont get it, do you. Silence is golden because it cant come back and bite you in the ass.:cautious:
     
  19. ASpace

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    Very well written , IMO . I completely agree with everything in this Alwil blog entrie!
     
  20. trjam

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    you would, you like Norton.:argh:
     
  21. ASpace

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    I also like Microsoft and Bill Gates .
     
  22. trjam

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    I always knew you were a smart man. Never once questioned it.;)
     
  23. gery

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    well said
    MSE is nothing special and nothing more than what Vincent said. Personally never liked it tho' i used for a short time but it was enough to say ,,,,no thanks
     
  24. JohnnyDollar

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    http://arstechnica.com/security/new...rs-fail-virus-bulletins-october-2009-test.ars

    Same test also discussed on this thread https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=1554393#post1554393

    MS got a VB100 and Avira failed it.

    edit: Just thought I would bring up this test since so many people are referring to the latest av comparatives test.:)
     
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  25. nanana1

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    I think enough has been said on MSE. Some will like it and others won't. That's life:D

    There is general consensus that it is a simple, minimum maintenance and free av from your friendly Windows maker that will perform the basic security task of detecting viruses and malwares.:cool:

    It's time now to let it run for some time.:ninja:

    Silence is golden now:p
     
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