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  • 2.0 stars

    "Still Lacks protection"

    April 27, 2012  |   By ilag2much


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


    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)


    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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  • Reply by amit_paras1980 on July 11, 2012

    this is amit (IT ADMIN) from last 9 year i am using mse from last 3 year and installed above 500 pc i am not found any issue like you so your rating is not proper lol.......

  • Reply by ElObomo on April 28, 2012

    What are your sources re: resourse hog, detection rates? There are NO naggy updated - you'll never know when it updates as it updates itself. That would be Avira that acts as a ad-ware, spam, junk e-mail downloaded. I call BS.

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