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  • 1.0 stars

    "False Sense of Security"

    April 18, 2014  |   By Krupotkin

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    None, really.

    Cons

    Microsoft Security Essentials offers only a false sense of security. It has been flunking independent tests for the past year. Rather than fix the problems, Microsoft has made excuses. First, it was: "These tests don't measure protection against realistic threats." Then, it was: "People don't seem to understand. Microsoft only provides baseline protection." Bottom line, in a recent test, this service finished dead last of those tested, missing 41% of threats. I just ran AVG Free and found that there were two Trojan Horses that MSE scans have been missing for God knows how long.

    Summary

    Get good third-party protection if you value your computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PAYING FOR ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE IS LIKE BURNING MONEY"

    April 5, 2014  |   By eon17

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    It provides a decent security blanket over human error. The only software that tops this is malwarebytes. This is nice however because its FREE and does not practice in the arts of fear mongering like ALL of the paid for antivirus.

    Cons

    None. Honestly. It does what anti male-ware software is supposed to do. It provides a real time security blanket to assist you while your educating your self on how to not use the internet like a complete idiot. There is not one, and when i say one I literately mean there is not a single antivirus that you can pay for that will run better.

    Summary

    HEED MY ADVISE. THE PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS SOFTWARE TITLE ARE THE SAME IDIOTS WHO FEEL ENTITLED TO ACT COMPLETELY RECKLESS ON THE INTERNET BECAUSE THEY JUST INSTALLED AN "ANTI-VIRUS" SOFTWARE TITLE. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "ANTI-VIRUS". IT IS 100% FEAR MONGERING MARKETING GENIUS BY THOSE WHO RELEASE THE PAID FOR TITLES. TO GIVE EVIDENCE LOOK UP THE REVIEWS ON ANY OF THE PAID FOR TITLES. THEY WILL BE EVEN WORSE THAN SOME OF THESE REVIEWS FOR A FREE... COMPLETELY FREE... WORKING... EFFECTIVE TITLE... WHEN PEOPLE BUY SOMETHING THAT IS MARKETED AS AN "ELECTRONIC DEFENSE BARRIER" THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE FREE TO ACT HOWEVER BIG OF A FOOL AS THEY WANT. THEN THEY REALIZE THAT THE SOFTWARE THEY PAID FOR IS COMPLETE GARBAGE. SO THEY GO BUY ANOTHER TITLE. RINSE AND REPEAT. FUN FACT FOR ANYONE WHO CARES. THE ONLY ANTIVIRUS... TRUE ANTIVIRUS.... IS EDUCATING YOURSELF BEYOND THE BASICS. IF THE PROSPECT OF NOT RUNNING ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION TO GUARD YOU ON THE JOURNEY TO YOU FAVORITE FACEBOOK GAME SENDS PEE RUNNING DOWN YOUR LEG YOU ARE DOING NOTHING BUT MAKING YOURSELF STUPID. YOUR STAYING NAIVE. ALL OF WHICH IS IN COMPLETE VAIN. LIKE I SAID, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ANTI-VIRUS. IF THERE WAS, THERE WOULD NOT BE 20 TITLES TO CHOOSE FROM AT YOUR LOCAL OVERPRICED RETAIL TECH BIG BOX STORE. DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR AND WAKE THE HELL UP. EDUCATE YOURSELF. EVOLVE. THIS COMPUTER STUFF.. ITS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF. SHOW SOME DIGNITY. LEARN FROM YOUR TRIALS AND ERRORS. STOP BEING SUCH CONSUMERS IN A MARKET YOUR NO NOTHING ABOUT. YOUR GOING TO GET BURNED AND YOU WONT EVEN KNOW ITS HAPPENING.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "going out of business"

    April 1, 2014  |   By njbrit

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    was useful, fairly, in the past, I think

    Cons

    i got a notice that in the next two weeks the program would be deactivated for windows XP but if I spent approximately $800 on upgrades to my apps I could keep it. Oh boy, does that sound like a bargain

    Summary

    even mcafee is cheaper!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Pretty good software."

    March 30, 2014  |   By Sue Geek

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    It's free, works, and doesn't contain Malware, Crapware, or Bloat ware.

    Cons

    None that I know of.....Yet!

    Summary

    While waiting for AVG to get its act together and clean up the big steaming pile of horse manure that is AVG 2013-2014, I was using MSE as a stand-in antivirus program. A colleague of mine who does hardware said that MSE had out-performed the more expensive rivals such as Norton, detecting viruses more quickly and accurately.
    The problem is that you never know if an antivirus program is working until you actually need it. All I can say is that I am very surprised at its efficiency because of the fact that Microsoft usually is a bit slow to react to some security gaps. All I can say is: so far, so good.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really good FREE Antivirus!!"

    February 26, 2014  |   By BlackBox_Hacker

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    Great known threat Protection and looks ok.

    Cons

    This program has no Zero-day Protection or HIPS

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Still the best for me!"

    January 17, 2014  |   By Batchoy2

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    Always a freeware
    Easy to use
    Light on resources
    Effective
    Works fine with other third party firewalls like Comodo Free Firewall and Privatefirewall

    Cons

    During the initial installation, only takes longer doing the updates.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not something I recommend in terms of a antivirus."

    November 23, 2013  |   By shayne255

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    Not something I recommend this antivirus has let numerous viruses and other nasty stuff on my pc. The fact that Microsoft makes this antivirus is not intriguing. I thought that with version 4.4 there would be some nice memory changes and better security definition updates but I was wrong. As soon as I updated to 4.4 after a day I got 5 trojans that infected my computer. I recommend Avira their antivirus is a lot more nicer with better security definition updates along with the face it is a lot more lighter. I do not recommend MSE at all and the face that Microsoft's antivirus has not gotten a certification at all in the past so many months it just is not wroth it anymore sadly.

    Cons

    Plenty of cons just read my pro summary.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Allowed to much malware onto PC"

    November 14, 2013  |   By Johnny_S

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    Free is all I can think of

    Cons

    Allows too much malware onto PC

    Slow scan

    Summary

    Don't count on this to catch much. My wife who is very much a safe web surfer got 10 pieces of malware on her Windows 7 PC and MSE caught none of it. Not even with a scan. 9 of the malware were Trojans that were not recent creations so MSE should have had definitions to catch them. I finally used Malwarebytes which detected them and deleted them. Very disappointed in Microsoft created such a lousy product. I'll bet plenty of people have malware and rootkits on their PC and don't even know it. Don't trust MSE, scan with another AV product. If Microsoft cannot do any better then this they need to stop giving users a false sense of security with MSE.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I like it and recommend it"

    November 12, 2013  |   By jackpol

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    It found and removed Trojan Downloader , after I had spent hours trying to chase down different error messages (solutions), but the virus didn't let me apply any of the so-called solutions. Operations were really slow with this virus.

    Cons

    It seemed to work only after several scans.

    Summary

    It works and I didn't really notice any slowdown due to security essentials.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Antivirus Ever For Windows!!!"

    October 5, 2013  |   By BlackBox246

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    Very good detection the same as paid AV Vendors, Looks nice and uses less RAM and CPU also works great with Privatefirewall 7.0 New Release with Code Detection! This basically means no Zero-day will bypass security!!! I like the embedded MSE in Windows 8 Pro called Windows Defender...

    Cons

    I can't find any!

    Summary

    I really like this Antivirus!

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