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  • 5.0 stars

    "AWESOME! CAUGHT 100,000 VIRUSES ON MY PC TODAY!"

    September 25, 2012  |   By humbleantivirustester

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    THE REAL DEAL

    Cons

    NONE WHATSOEVER

    Summary

    JUST TRY IT.YOU WONT TRY ANOTHER EVER AGAIN!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Doesnt hog the CPU like others"

    September 24, 2012  |   By Toymit

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    It is quick to install and very quick start ups when first turning the computer on.Others I have tried take ages to load the system.It doesnt hog the CPU "when Im using" the computer.Updates are quick to install too.

    Cons

    It hogs the CPU (100% )when my system has been idle for at least 15 mins.Once I move the mouse or do something it will quit using CPU,however, the system seems sluggish afterward with anything I do as if Ive just used a very intensive program so have to restart the comp for the lagging to go away.I found it was a process called 'MsMpEng.exe' that was the culprit which is associated with MSE.I have found others to have similar problems so Im guessing its more a bug within the program.

    Summary

    I am using MSE on Windows XP Pro(SP3).Overall it has been an ok experience with the one exception.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My lovest!"

    September 17, 2012  |   By Nacyblue

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Effective and less disturb

    Cons

    Need scan everyday, otherwise, the status color will change from green into yellow

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  • 3.0 stars

    "What was windows thinking"

    August 30, 2012  |   By VirusSupport

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    It's an easy to use interface and detects the light viruses like spyware. It is also free. The program itself is pretty small.

    Cons

    It uses the windows firewall which sucks and the scaanner isn't much better than windows defender. Very sad security.

    Summary

    Could be much better is suggest you find another product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good Anti-Virus (you should also install anti-malware)"

    August 24, 2012  |   By Tech-Guy-Az

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    I am a tech guy. I regularly install MSE for anti-virus & anti-rootkit protection combined with Malwarebytes with real-time protection for anti-malware. These two programs combined do a darn good job together with a small performance footprint and low cost. However, either alone cannot protect your computer. MSE cannot be installed with other anti-virus programs ... it is a recipe for failure. This is pretty much true for all anti-virus programs, pick one.

    Cons

    I would have ranked MSE with 5 stars except for one new HUGE problem. Microsoft and others have been bought off by Babylon and IAC to ignore their Malware programs. Microsoft has joined this campaign to victimize uninformed PC users to allow ad-supported unwanted Malware. Don't believe what they say that Babylon and IAC's software cleaned up their malware characteristics. It is not true... Microsoft, Malwarebytes and many of the other big players are being paid off with our ad dollars. I spend countless hours (paid) removing this junk from people's computers. MSE, Malwarebytes, Norton, Kaspersky, etc. will not flag it anymore. BS. Look at Babylon's website or IAC's software websites. Prominent link is how to remove their malware software... And it is not easy. Get serious Microsoft -- do they pay you enough?

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  • 2.0 stars

    "MSE is the first thing Trojans & Viruses Attack"

    August 21, 2012  |   By ddsmne

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Catches the light stuff. That's about it.

    Cons

    Easy target for severe malware. No web protection.

    Summary

    As soon as something bad is unwittingly downloaded from the web, the first thing it attacks is Windows Firewall and Security Essentials, and it's because Security Essentials doesn't detect these nasty marauders coming through the browser until it's too late. The best thing to do is forget about trying to save your OS. Just re-image your drive. It takes about 20 minutes, which is better than the hours it could take to scan your drive using several different antivirus software. Windows 7 has a nice System Repair/Recovery (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Back-up-your-programs-system-settings-and-files) feature that, for me, pretty much renders all antiviruses obsolete. Just make sure that your created image file is clean and has all the software you want on it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't stop anything"

    August 14, 2012  |   By Anonmyous

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    I loaded it and ran it for a year and it seemed to be working. I suddenly had trouble with unexpected shutdowns. I manually ran a full scan even though i had it set to run automatically. The scan found several problems on my system and supposedly cleaned them up. It then told me to completely clean the system I needed to download and burn to a disc on a clean computer "windows Offline Beta". I did and then booted up the infected system from the "Offline Beta" disk. The program ran a quick scan automatically, it found nothing. I then ran a full scan, it ran for an hour and a half and it still found nothing. I rebooted the system from the hard drive and Microsoft Security Essentials said there were still problems and that i had to run the Offline beta again. I repeated this process three times before I gave up and went for the nuclear option of a complete system reload. Don't waste your time with this product.

    Summary

    It doesn't keep things out nor dose it remove things that it has found.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total piece of crap"

    August 12, 2012  |   By pcdummy1958

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    about the only thing i can say good about it is at least Microsoft does not ask you to pay for this Piece a crap

    Cons

    this program is about as useless as mammary glands on a bull detection rates are terrible & micro soft security support as of late is a joke they lie through their teeth & hang up or phone system goes dead the second you ask any serious questions on virus removal that there crap ware lets infect your PC I never had near the problems with virus infections with any other AV programs that I have used prior to MSE

    Summary

    DO yourself a favor & avoid this POS Program & if you want a free AV program use Avast Avira or AVG instead

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it work fine"

    August 10, 2012  |   By salwa1983

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    I have been using this software fore 2 years now. It work fine. The good thing about it it's free not like the other you download it then they ask you for money to buy it.

    However, I know this software is not the beast but it's free

    Cons

    No firewall

    Summary

    ok software and free although it's not the beast

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I made a account jus to warn others about this program"

    August 4, 2012  |   By So_Honest

    Version: Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0

    Pros

    There isn't any. ABSOLUTELY NONE.

    Cons

    I already had avast and malwarebytes. Which are the best products I use for my Dell Windows 7 computer but I heard MSE is excellent too. TheAl12345 is absolutely right. MSE doesn't work well with other programs and froze my computer before it even finished downloading. I had to put my computer in safe mode and it still wouldn't uninstall. I restarted my computer, restarted my router, and eventually had to erase my original antivirus/ malware programs and shut all startup programs down to finally erase MSE. Also, after erased MSE my toolbar went back to basic which sucks but I fixed that by clicking on the desktop>personalize, and change themes. If you care about your computer DON'T download this garbage. Any positive reviews about this product are from people that work for Microsoft.

    Summary

    MSE like most Microsoft products is garbage.

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