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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS PRODUCT."

    August 24, 2013  |   By 01hitesh

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    FAST AND EXCELLENT DETECTION RATE.

    YOUR PC WILL SLOW DOWN.

    BEST TO WORK WITH WINDOWS 7.

    Cons

    IT'S FREE SO NOT THE BEST IN BUSINESS BUT IT'S ALSO SECOND TO NONE.

    Summary

    LOOKING FOR FREE PROTECTION, GO FOR IT.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fantastico!!"

    August 22, 2013  |   By noreg

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    mi fiderei ovunque di lui.

    Cons

    consigliatissimo

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A failure in testing!"

    August 21, 2013  |   By Rioismycat

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    Nothing, a failure in testing!

    Cons

    Everything, a failure in testing!, check out PC Magazine.

    Summary

    Glad i did my homework, and didn't waste my time downloading and installing this garbage software!

    Updated on Aug 21, 2013

    Failed security certification!, still spreading viruses, one day at a time!, if you want a good antivirus, free or paid, you can check out the tested antiviruses at PC Magazine.com, amongst the top are Webroot Secure Anywhere 2013, paid version, Norton 2013, paid version, Ad Aware 2013, free version, Avg antivirus 2013, free version, etc.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good but not the best"

    July 29, 2013  |   By AnuDKiller

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.3.216

    Pros

    Good basic protection
    Very simple UI
    FREE
    Good detection

    Cons

    Scan takes looooong time
    Damn. Even deleting a detected virus takes so much time.
    Very basic and limited features
    It's a Microsoft product :P

    Summary

    Easy to handle. Install and forget everything. Free, Simple and Sweet.

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