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    "Turned out to be a nightmare to uninstall!!"

    November 3, 2012  |   By tydicea


    Free, silent and unintrusive


    Full scan takes a copious amount of time. Scan started 1/2 hr after schedule. Suppressed firewall from loading until all other start programs were loaded, even those set for delayed startup. Hell of a lot of trouble to get it off my system.


    Installed MSE about a week ago, to see if the a/v I'd been using caused an intermittent problem that I've been having. Turns out the issue continued after AVG was removed. Having verified the a/v was not at fault, I pondered whether to keep MSE a while longer, or head on back to AVG. MSE made that decision easier when the scheduled full scan started 29 mins after it was to begin, and after an hour and 10 mins had only reach 3 bars on the progress readout. I aborted the scan, shut the program from the task bar down, and the sys. tray and uninstalled it. I rebooted and ran 3 cleaners to capture any remnants left over, and then attempted to re-install AVG. Towards the end of the installation, my PC abruptly rebooted. Upon restart it threw up an on screen message that it had recovered from a fatal error, and AVG announced a failed installation. I went online and downloaded MSE's removal tool, ran it and rebooted. Despite that, MSE still showed in the Security center as being on. AVG steadfastly refused to install, each try ending with the PC rebooting to recover from 'fatal error'. After the forth attempt, I did a system restore to the previous day, downloaded the removal tool for both MSE and AVG. By way of caution, MSE was absolutely the worst a/v I have ever had to remove. I am now back with Avast! At least it installed for me.

    Updated on Nov 6, 2012

    @EricVonZipper: You obviously did not read what I wrote, or lack comprehension.

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  • Reply by EricVonZipper on November 9, 2012

    And Avast crashed your machine, too. Might be the loose nut on the keyboard.

  • Reply by EricVonZipper on November 6, 2012

    Your computer is screwed up - that's the problem. Running (or having one and downloading another) two antiviruses will conflict, too. CCleaner removed MSE in less than a minute.

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