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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's not worth the price you pay for it and it's FREE!"

    December 13, 2010  |   By ikiwago

    Pros

    Free but so is sewage water.

    Cons

    The fact that it's so vulnerable to a COMPLETE SYSTEM HIJACK. My system was hijacked & I lost complete control of everything. Only thing that saved me was having a secondary windows signin that allowed me to do a System Restore from another account.

    Summary

    Lots of virus writing Microsoft haters out there. After having my computer turned into a paperweight by some kind of virus on a malicious website. MSSE didn't catch a thing and yielded complete system control to this virus. I couldn't bring up the Task Manager or any other program. All my browsers stopped working too. I've never had a virus on my computer that completely took over until I trusted my system to MSSE. Big mistake that I won't be making again and suggest that you find something not so vulnerable. I'm NOT Microsoft hating here... I'm just talking from experience.

    Updated on Dec 13, 2010

    I don't get it. All the reviews that talk bad about this HORRIBLE antivirus program has been given a bunch of thumbs down. Who is so PRO MSSE that they thumbs down those who are telling the truth about how HORRID it truly is?? Microsoft undercover agents? (But it's free and they don't really have anything obvious to gain.)

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