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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't stop anything"

    August 14, 2012  |   By Anonmyous

    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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  • Reply by EricVonZipper on September 25, 2012

    What told you to clean your system, MSE? I see you didn't open in safe mode, and I bet you didn't create a system restore point either.

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