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  • 2.0 stars

    "MSE failed to remove trojans"

    May 4, 2012  |   By rinsensei

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Easy interface, great price

    Cons

    Completely failed to detect and remove a trojan from my machine

    Summary

    Although I have been using MSE for years, I, much to my surprise, found my computer infected by a trojan that slowed my computer down to a crawl and turned my e-mail accounts into spambots. Multiple scans, including several in safe mode, turned up nothing.
    After I downloaded a free trial of a paid antivirus, it only took one scan to remove a trojan.
    I ended up having to cancel credit cards and change all of my passwords, all because of this one little virus.
    I can't recommend this program as a first line of defense.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Avoid if using Thunderbird!"

    May 4, 2012  |   By rorscan

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Has a clean, sensible interface.

    Cons

    My complaint is that it slows down all of Mozilla Thunderbird's functions to a crawl. If you don't use that for your email, I don't know its effect on other software. I had to uninstall MSE to get back my decent email speeds. I never had an alert from MSE so I don't know how effective it is.

    Summary

    May be OK but not for Thunderbird users.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Can't believe it's Microsoft!"

    May 4, 2012  |   By papajaime

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Works exactly as advertised.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Summary

    Haven't had a virus/Trojan since installing. Seems to work as good as the pay for companies for free.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "not bad for free"

    May 4, 2012  |   By Samimom

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    is supposed to update automatically, doesn't u have to do it manually. shuts off when computer is offline

    Summary

    there is a free version of 10-bit malware fighter, prefer it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best free antivirus"

    April 29, 2012  |   By CaptainMaverick

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    powerfull detect virus

    Cons

    simple,slow scan but it is deep scan

    Summary

    the virus which avast dosent detect

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Much Improved"

    April 29, 2012  |   By acerhater96

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Easy to use, free, automatically updates, light on resources

    Cons

    Lacks some tools, but that is what makes it great

    Summary

    I had been using Avast and was a die hard fan of it until my one machine got hit with a nasty virus. Avast had also become buggy. I saw that Microsoft had released the new version of security essentials, and decided to give it a try. I ended up loving it and swithcing all of my machines over to MSE. The computers immediately became more resonsive, and whats great is that MSE doesn't require maintence. Just set it up once and forget about it!

    Updated on May 11, 2012

    I have been using this product for 2 weeks now, and have not experienced any annoyances. This program really is anti-annoying! It has been updating itself a few times each day, and has been scanning at the scheduled time. Still after 2 weeks I would recommend this!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Never Again!"

    April 28, 2012  |   By CrabyPants

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    this program have 0 pros

    Cons

    this program has millions of cons

    Summary

    this program isn't worth talking about.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Still Lacks protection"

    April 27, 2012  |   By ilag2much

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Free, Made by Microsoft so it protects the windows system well just not other installed programs

    Cons

    RESOURCE HOG, Slow scans, lengthy and naggy updates, lacks detection rates necessary to be a stand alone antivirus (I recommend if you do want to run this you run it along side Avira Free AntiVirus)

    Summary

    For a free program it is ok I guess... Has many issues and much work needed to improve doesn't leave advance users with much to play with. I have self tested every major and minor av, spyware, and malware scanner this one is in my top 10 but i would not recommend it to a customer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It still sucks!!"

    April 27, 2012  |   By ThatGuy90

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    none!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    clunky and slow!!!

    Summary

    2 years without antivrus and still infection free.

    (safe browsing habits = the best antivirus on the market)

    Updated on Apr 27, 2012

    also, i can tell if there is something wrong by the way my computer acts.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Microsoft Did This One Right!"

    April 26, 2012  |   By ElObomo

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    My computer runs much faster on MSE than it did on any free or paid AV software...go figure. Easy install, easy to use, pretty much a set-it-and-forget-it program. Nothing,repeat, nothing has gotten past it. Ever wonder just who owns these so-called "AV Review Labs" that put out all those "reviews" of AV software? Who pays them? Who are they working for? I do know their "reviews" don't match what they say about this program. I think they are just bought-and-paid-for agents for some of the AV software makers to set-up a third-party to knock the competion.

    Cons

    First scans take awhile, second scans go much faster.

    Summary

    Do your own research - don't take some "AV Lab's" "results as gospel. You wouldn't buy a car without driving it first, would you?

    Updated on Apr 26, 2012

    Note: be sure you remove all traces of any other AV/Malware software on your computer before installing MSE.

    Updated on Apr 28, 2012

    What you are saying is you are the AV program. Most people don't have the ability to do that but it's an interesting idea. Good for you!

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