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  • 4.0 stars

    "This review is for MSE on Vista and 7 (32/64)"

    July 5, 2011  |   By Jose_lisboa

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Install and forget, low CPU usage, average detection, very few false positives, no issues with the OS (as expected).

    Cons

    High Ram usage, average detection, could update more frequently (can be done manually).

    Summary

    Not the most effective free AV, but the most simple and the only that never gave me headaches.
    If top notch detection is an issue for you here's a tip: add Immunet free (cloud AV compatible with traditional AVs).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Product"

    July 5, 2011  |   By Ruubi

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    It's free as opposed to Norton which costs about $70 per year. And your aren't really "buying" Norton, after a year if you don't pay their fee the program shuts down. So the program is no longer yours. IMO that's a lease. With Essentials it's free!

    Cons

    It can slow down your system down, but then again so does Norton or McAfee.

    Summary

    Good protection for no cost. Can't beat it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Completely missed some malware."

    July 4, 2011  |   By El-Flippo

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Easy to manage.

    Cons

    Resource hog...yet it still misses some malware.

    Summary

    I no longer have a need for this. But it IS better than using nothing...

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  • 3.0 stars

    "RESOURCE HOGGGGGGG!!! WOW!! Computer so hot it sweats.."

    June 23, 2011  |   By Kevvo2010

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Kind of thorough, but I remain skeptical.

    Cons

    RESOURCE HOG!!! I have never completed a full scan because it keeps my computer running at high usage for too long and makes it heat up, and that worries me. Nearly 3 hours into the scan and the status bar has only moved about 7millimeters, INSANE.

    Summary

    BURNS MY COMPUTER UP!! I HATE IT FOR THAT!!! I can literally fry an egg on the bottom of my laptop while this nonsense is running a "scan", and this machine is no pushover. 4GB ram 320GB and other high end modern day standards. My computer is literally gonna burst into flames after running this crap for 3 hours. After 3 hours the status bar shows progress of like 7 millimeters of completion. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? Never in my life have I seen a scan that runs so slow, and fries your computer in the process. I just stopped the whole thing because I got tired of my computer heating up beyond normal from running this ultimate RESOURCE HOG. It seems to be just like the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, because I remember that took about 9 to 10 hours for a full scan to complete while hogging resources and after that, I said never again will I wait that long and let my computer heat up for that long ever again for any kind of scan. Honestly, it's not worth it. Go with Avast!, I'm about to go back to them. They were proven to have a higher detection rate than MSE anyway. Bet I've lost at least 2 years of usage on my computer from this ridiculous software burning up the inside of it. Unless you have money and a computer to burn, you wouldn't want this. Avast! is way better and is not a resource hog at all.

    Updated on Jun 23, 2011

    LOL at how OVERrated this is. Most of these reviews must be from people who don't know any better or a bunch of Microsoft cronies posing as customers. There is no way that anyone can truly like this software. It's old and STILL not updated since last year, doesn't contain features that better free AVs have and I'm uninstalling this crap and replacing it with Avast! or Comodo today.

    Updated on Jul 22, 2011

    No, my computer is new and on the higher end of computers honestly. So, I've been figured out that the problem isn't my computer. MSE is just not good for everybody, and the problem is likely to be in connection with the OS. Being that every computer is specifically setup and arranged differently, there is no real way to determine what does it unless you're the writer of the software. I do know this, MSE is not worth risking the well-being of your computer. No other MS program or software has ever done that besides the Malicious Software Removal Tool. Also, this software has not been updated since last year so it probably has several security holes by now. If you had witnessed what that software did to my computer, you'd agree with me. But everything has been fine since I uninstalled it and went back to Avast! Norton is rather expensive, but it's worth it. Takes a long time to scan, but it doesn't cook your computer in the process. Not many viruses/malware can get past Norton

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  • 3.0 stars

    "MS Secruity Essentials Hijacked my Norton"

    June 23, 2011  |   By leeolson

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Simple Interface, allows skipping files and file types

    Cons

    Without getting my pemission, MS Security Essentials installed itself and disabled Norton s that Norton will not even load. When I tried to force Norton to un, I was taken to the Norton website for a forced Norton uninstall/reinstall.

    Summary

    I am nearig the end of install W7 after reformatting drive of failed vista. MS Security Essentials must have arrived hidden in the last batch of windoes 7 updates. I think I may have thougth it was the MS monthly validate genuine windows/get a free adware scan.

    This morning when I booted up, I had a red icon saying my system had no security, My Norton Icon was missing. When clicked the red icon, MS Security Essentials window came up. While I was assessing the situation and looking for Norton, the color of the MS Security essentials changed to green and a status said I was protected.

    I clicked on Norton in the program files and got a message saying that norton was broken and that I must de-install it using Norton's forced de-install tool and then re-install.

    That is where I am now. Thanks to MS, who think that they know what is better for me that I do, I get an hours work to clean up this problem. Plus the system image I made on a backup hard drive yesterday will now come up with this problem (another hour or two).

    I read the reviews on the product and it seems to be an imature resource hog, which Is why I dumped Norton about 5 years ago. When the new lighter, more nimble Norton came in 2008, I found it to be much faster in e-mail and browsing and the scans ran in slow mode when you were working at near full speed in the foreground. So, I returned to Norton.

    Better the beast you know and can live with than being the guinea pig for Microsoft.

    The agressive stance MS takes against the vendors who helped MS and the PC become what it is today is like the beast that eatss its young.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Big Waste of Time"

    June 23, 2011  |   By menace33

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Free, that's it.

    Cons

    Slowed my system down badly; installing it seemed to automatically diable Windows Defender, which I use. When I uninstalled this program, my system returned to normal.

    Summary

    I expect more from Microsoft, although I know it's unrealistic & irrational. Protection is just fine with free versions of Avast, Malware Bytes Anti-Malware, Spybot Search & Destroy, Threatfire, Windows Defender, IObit Malware Fighter.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great!!!!!"

    June 22, 2011  |   By tonyron227

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Works as good or better than the paid versions of antivirus software.

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Summary

    A must have for the average Joe...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good antivirus for an even better price."

    June 22, 2011  |   By jeteye2

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Easy to use, easy to setup, can limit the amount of CPU used, now has heuristics based protection.

    Cons

    Slooooow scanning

    Summary

    It would be nice to see the introduction of some other useful features like hourly or twice-daily automatic def update checks, but I can't complain because of the price is right. Overall this is very good, the software just runs with no hiccups, and it protects well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product for free"

    June 19, 2011  |   By jhammermil2008

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    Easy of use. Reliability.

    Cons

    Lacks the higher end features of the paid antivrus programs.

    Summary

    It does a good job of identifying and eliminating viruses. I had trouble using Avast antivirus program. My system started running real slow. I did the real time boot scan option and tried re-running the program in windows with no luck finding any viruses. I installed the microsoft security essentials program and it was able to find the viruses and eliminate them without any problem.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Stops Threats in a Heartbeat"

    June 19, 2011  |   By skip982

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0.657

    Pros

    This Anti Virus does an amazing job in stopping viruses, trojans, malware, etc. The moment you click on a link that downloads these things, security essentials alerts you (in a very big way).

    Cons

    I just don't know why people are complaining about it. It's a little rough on the edges (it sure does take up the processor when doing a scan, but then most antivirus software do that since they scan the files on your hard disk.)

    Summary

    This is the way antivirus should be. Transparent in the background. But when a trojan virus lurks in the shadows in your temporary internet files folder (or elsewhere on your computer), it stops that "evil virus" in a heartbeat. This is very useful if you do a lot of online shopping since most hackers these days write these trojans to do one thing and one thing only: to destroy you finacially and to see you suffer because of those viruses.

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