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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great software for free"

    April 23, 2012  |   By Yoshi363

    Pros

    Simple: it is free, it isn't harsh on your computer's RAM, it can set restore points (optional feature), quarantine feature, history, no need to worry too much about definitions as Windows Update can handle the definition updates (you can manually check for them as well), you can also choose whether you want the program to check for definition updates before running a scheduled scan

    Cons

    not as powerful as a few select other competing software

    Summary

    There might have been some things I missed, but really, you get a free security software from a well-known, trusted corporation.

    I've been a user of this software for a long while, I have it installed on my Windows 7 desktop computer and Windows XP laptop, and there is a lot that I love about the software.

    while it is true that you don't get protection that is as powerful as some other security software, you can't complain when you have something free and works great

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  • Reply by ElObomo on April 23, 2012

    MSE catches everything the pay AVs catch - don't believe the so-called "AV Labs" reports - those are actually fake labs supported by the AV software companies. Those companies had to find a way to third party badmouth MSE with bogus "tests." Wonder when some of the investigative news reports like 60 Minutes will look into this scam?

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