Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by R. Giskard Reventlov, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. R. Giskard Reventlov, Jul 9, 2009
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    Malke Guest

    You should not download MS Security Essentials from a non-MS source. The
    beta has been closed for a while. I have it on my Win7 box.

    What I like: It is unobtrusive and seems light on system resources. It's
    free. You also don't have to log onto somewhere with a Windows Live ID like
    you did for OneCare.

    What I hate: While all the other antiviruses in the world check for updates
    and install them when you start the machine or on a user-defined schedule,
    MSSE gets its definition updates through Windows Update. An obnoxious
    "feature" of Win7 is that when you go to shut down, if there are available
    Windows Updates (I have mine set to "download and inform me", not
    automatic) you don't get the option of shutting down without installing
    updates as you do in XP. What you get is a small orange shield next to the
    Shutdown button and if you don't notice it because you're in a hurry to
    shut down, before you know it you've got the "Installing updates, do not
    turn off your machine" cr*p. (The way to get around this is to do
    Ctrl-Alt-Del to start Task Manager and shut down from there IIRC.) I
    understand that MS wants people to install updates but some of us are
    grownups who prefer to make the decision to spend the time needed to
    install updates instead of shutting down immediately all by ourselves.
    Since I'm on the MSSE beta, I bugged it. The bug was closed as "by design".
    So I think this is an annoying and stupid design.

    What I can't answer: Whether it is any good or not. The effectiveness of an
    antivirus can only be tested/proved in the wild. Since I don't use Windows
    for much and I don't do risky computing anyway, I'm not the best tester for
    the effectiveness aspect.

    I don't know if I'll switch my clients from the free Avast I usually give
    them to MSSE when it comes out of beta. I would never put a client or a
    production machine at risk by installing a beta antivirus program.

    Malke
     
    Malke, Jul 10, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    Not changed that behaviour from Vista then......only on Vista it's the
    Hibernate button that gets the shield which then turns it into a "switch
    off" button instead of hibernate....PITA!
     
    Gordon, Jul 10, 2009
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