What to make of Microsoft Security Essentials?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Doug, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Doug

    Doug Guest

    On my conventional desktop Vista PCs I have been using ESET Smart security
    (supplemented by daily backups and occasional scans with Ad-Aware, Windows
    Defender and Malwarebytes Anti-malware), but with the emergence from beta
    yesterday of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)downloadable and free from:


    I am wondering whether to settle for that instead. Indeed I am wondering
    whether MSE hasn't effectively blown the other security suites out of the
    water, and, if so, is whether that is a good thing or not.

    I have just installed MSE, a very well behaved install. Interestingly on
    first install the Security Center showed MSE installed as well as Windows
    Defender, but after a re-start, Windows Defender had gone. MSE has done a
    quick scan taking a few minutes and I now have it doing a full scan which
    has been running for 45 minutes and looks as though it will take several

    I am rather hoping that a side effect of changing to MSE will be that
    Windows Live Mail is cured from its occasional lock-ups. I am already
    encouraged by signs of increased sprightliness there.

    Normally I am put off by Microsoft expanding their monopoly, but in this
    case they seem to have produced an impressive product, and I am slightly
    kicking myself for having signed up with ESET for three years covering two

    Doug, Sep 30, 2009
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  2. In my view, a single day is much too short a time to make a decision
    about how it compares to the competition.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Sep 30, 2009
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    whs Guest

    whs, Sep 30, 2009
  4. So long as it is always free it's a good thing. I just made a post about
    my opinion of it so you can read that. Overall it is good but it is
    missing some needed features and already quarantined two harmless files
    on my Win7 PC. In XP it is using way too much cpu resources whenever I
    open an explorer folder with files in it but never had the same issue on
    Win7 64bit. Only reason I put it on XP is because bloody Avira updates
    were just way too slow so blew it away and installed MSSE instead.
    Anton Kolakov, Oct 5, 2009
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