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  • 5.0 stars

    "Underserving of Bad Reviews"

    November 8, 2012  |   By acerhater96

    Pros

    Basically Microsoft Forefront Security for home, updates multiple times during the day, doesn't slow the computer down, VERY secure, easy to use for the not tech savvy person, FREE. NOTE: this is windows defender in Windows 8

    Cons

    Scans can be long if not configured right, must have a backup like Malwarebytes

    Summary

    I have been using MSE for about a year now. Previously during version 1, I had been using MSE but was unimpressed and went to back to AVG. After AVG I switched to Avast (when is was version 5) because AVG was SLOW, and had missed a couple infections. Once Avast updated to version 7, all of the PC's I had it installed on became noticeably slower. Avast also installed an annoying amount of crap like Google Chrome, Webrep, and a few extra shields. After I saw MSE 4.0 was released on CNET I gave it a try, and loved it. I have used it to remove viruses that Avast would have never caught, and even ones on friends and family members PC's who had Norton 360 (in fact it found 10 Trojans that Norton missed on the one.) Personally, I have had it block me and my immediate family from a few "severe" infections. MSE even breathed new life into an old Pentium 4 with XP that I couldn't figure out why it was slow. Since you should switch to MSE, be sure to also download Malwarebytes in case anything should get past MSE. A fix for the long scans is to uncheck limit CPU usage during a scan. Overall, I would not use any other antivirus program but MSE.

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  • Reply by ComputerLuvr on November 23, 2012

    Faster scanning isnot necessarily better. I prefer Avast 7. Longer scanning and more thorough in detecting and removing any trojans and viruses. I also remove any traces of any other AV program I have on all my test computers and my personal computer before installing an AV.

  • Reply by EricVonZipper on November 9, 2012

    MSE is noticeably faster than Avast 7. Many of the people having trouble with MSE need to first remove any AV program before installing MSE. Cheers.

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