Microsoft security essentials

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Old Mariner, Nov 28, 2009.

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    Old Mariner Guest

    If you can help I'd appreciate it.
    I have just installed the above and updated the latest definititons,and as
    someone who knows, not a lot re.computers,does that mean it takers the place
    of an anti-virus programme? I have AVG installed and I'm happy with it.
    I'm not sure if the above will conflict with AVG as it says MSE it is a
    virus and spyware scanner.
    thanks if you can
    Old Mariner, Nov 28, 2009
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    Alias Guest

    You gotta use one or the other, not both.

    Alias, Nov 28, 2009
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  3. You should remove one or the other. Having two active (real time) virus
    scanners running simultaneously can cause conflicts with one another.
    Richard Urban, Nov 28, 2009

  4. Microsoft Security Essentials?

    It doesn't take the *place* of an anti-virus program, it *is* an
    anti-virus program (as well as an anti-spyware program).

    That's correct. Do *not* run both AVG and MSE. In fact, do not run
    *any* two anti-virus program, since conflicts between them are likely.
    Pick which one you want and uninstall the other.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Nov 28, 2009
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    whs Guest

    Absolutely remove AVG. MSE is far better to have
    whs, Nov 28, 2009

  6. MSE does include an anti-virus component, so you don't really need
    another. That being said, it won't hurt to have two or more anti-virus
    applications installed, although you should use only one of them for
    real-time protection. Otherwise they might conflict.


    Bruce Chambers

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    Bruce Chambers, Nov 28, 2009
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    webster72n Guest

    Does scanning for malware include virus?
    If so, I wasn't aware of it and have Avast running without problems from the
    beginning, to take care of this.
    Where do I look for the native antivirus, if there is one?

    webster72n, Nov 28, 2009

  8. The word "malware" is short for "Malicious software" and yes, both
    spyware and viruses (as well as trojan horses, worms, etc.) are

    However, that doesn't mean that every program that scans for malware
    scans for all types of malware.

    Avast is an anti-virus program, and a good one. It does not scan for

    If you just run Avast and no anti-spyware software, you are vulnerable
    to spyware.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Nov 28, 2009
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    Multiposted and answered
    Peter Foldes, Nov 29, 2009
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    webster72n Guest

    No, I don't just run Avast, Ken, was simply wondering where to find the
    native antivirus.
    Malwarebytes, Spybot and SpywareBlaster take care of my anti-spyware needs.
    Thanks for the attention.
    webster72n, Nov 29, 2009
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    Natéag Guest

    Natéag, Nov 29, 2009
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    Old Mariner Guest

    just a quick thank you to all.I'll remove AVG.Regards
    Old Mariner, Nov 29, 2009
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    webster72n Guest

    webster72n, Nov 30, 2009
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