MS Security Essentials and Windows Defender

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Re: MS Security Essentials and Windows Defender
In reply to Bouldergramp, Mar 21, 2013

Bouldergramp wrote:

A quote from wikipedia:

"The product received generally positive reviews praising its user interface, low resource usage and freeware license. It secured AV-TEST.org certification, having demonstrated its ability to eliminate all widely encountered malware. According to a March 2012 report by anti-malware specialist OPSWAT, MSE was the most popular AV product in North America and the second most popular in the world, which has resulted in the appearance of several rogue antivirus programs that try to impersonate it."

You may want to do some searching to find out more about MSE. On my Vista computers, msseces.exe runs in my list of startup programs and updates MSE once the internet connection is established. As far as I know, there is no setting for this update procedure.

I think MSE completely replaced Windows Defender and it is disabled in my startup programs.

Microsoft's EMET Notifier is also in my startup program list but frankly, I don't know much about it.

For many years, I have had Win Patrol Plus installed on all of my computers and use it to disable a lot of startup programs...currently 12 out of 26 are disabled. It is also convenient for deleting cookies.

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Bouldergramp

All of the reputable research available is in the links that Jim provided. But how about some REAL-WORLD research. Twice my PC was invaded while relying on MSE, I had to use AVG, Malwarebytes and Kapersky to get rid of the infections. IMHO, MSE is no doubt the WORST anti-virus product you can use. If MS paid me to use it I wouldn't.

Stan

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