Are you using Microsoft Security Essentials?

@kaka135 (14131)
Malaysia
June 11, 2011 10:22pm CST
I just found this free anti-virus program from Microsoft, which it's said to be the most popular security solution worldwide according to a report by OPSWAT covering the second quarter of 2011, March 23 to May 15, 2011. I am thinking if it's good to move to Microsoft Security Essentials, as it's one of the free products provided by Microsoft. If you are interested: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx
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@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 11
I have heard this is a good one too. When I did a discussion I got this one and AVG which I am using now. I think it is just whichever you are comfortable with. SOme have alot of stuff with them and it takes alot of room on your computer and lugs it down quite a bit. I had Norton for a long time and it did that.
@amaine (2037)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Oh yes.. Norton generally decreases your computer, and it's really frustrating, yeah?
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@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 11
It really is and so I went elsewhere. Am happy with it so far.
• United States
12 Jun 11
I've been using it for a long time and it's worked just fine for me, it hasn't really affected my computer and I like using it and I think it's a good antivirus program.
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@amaine (2037)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
I wonder why everyone says it works good. Seems like I have done something wrong, since it entirely messed up my laptop!
@amaine (2037)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
I've used it for a couple of weeks, but for some reasons, I've switched to another anti-virus: 1. It generally slows down my laptop. 2. Majority of pages that I browse are being blocked. Even though if I change the settings, add it to my whitelist and everything, but when I restart my laptop, it goes back to the default settings. 3. Some of my applications (most are tools that help me write, re-write and spin articles) are seen as trojan, thus, won't allow me to open the application. 4. I have to entirely reformat my laptop because it had been a mess, totally wrecked my entire system. Now, I know some of you may have a different perspective, this is why I wanted to hear it as well. Perhaps I did something wrong.
• United States
12 Jun 11
WOW! I never had problems like that! I don't know what to tell you. I assume you are using one of the Windows OS it is compatible with. What do you mean by 'whitelist'? The excluded processes and files lists?
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@amaine (2037)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Yeah I know, Most people say that MSE is a good anti-virus program, but yeah, perhaps it isn't just for me
@amaine (2037)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Hey charles. Friend request approved. Here are my answers. And I really appreciate your help. 1. I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate. 2 & 3. Well, most of the sites I'm visiting are related with work. I'm a freelance writer, and whenever I visit some article directories, it just gets blocked. And it's kinda frustrating.. 4. I know I really don't have to format my system, but things got a bit messy and all that, so I decided to format my computer, back to everything. Am using Nod32 as my anti-virus prior to MSE.. after MSE, I switched back to nod32.. Any ideas?
@amitgune (877)
• India
12 Jun 11
I hate Microsoft and use its programs only if I have to. Microsoft always finds some way of earning from its customers. So I will stay away from it.
@amitgune (877)
• India
12 Jun 11
I know that it is. However I still distrust Microsoft. So I will not try it. I was using AVG and it never gave me problems. But it slows down the system a little. So I switched to Avast yesterday.
• United States
13 Jun 11
I gather you don't use the Windows OS then? That is a big Microsoft product.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
14 Jun 11
We've been using Microsoft Security Essentials on both of our home computers for quite some time now. I like it because of the fact that it is free. In addition to that, there have been times that we've been able to get rid of nasty things on our computers that the people at my mother's house have not been able to get off of their computers until I installed the program on their computers. As long as you keep it updated, it is more effective than even some of the paid programs.
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
Yes, I use MSE and I can say that it is reliable. Very fast response, not really heavy in your drive. Most of all, it is free.
@benhilo (871)
• Tripoli, Libya
12 Jun 11
As far as free anti-virus programs go, Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty good. I have had it on since last year. I have gone where some men should not go and have had multiple attacks. MSE stopped them cold!
@1anurag1 (3580)
• India
12 Jun 11
If I talk about me in real I am not using that security essential which is claimed to be most popular solution. Even I don’t know the exact name; perhaps its name is defender. Whatever , I am not using that and some time I think the antivirus I already have is enough and protecting well my computer.
@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Im using it until now for 7 months but I still have Avira on.I both use the software and I can say its not bad performance at all.so far,theres still no virus that discovered in my system for 7 months since I bought this laptop.I also have USB Anti-virus protection that protects my system for unwanted files from the Flash drive attached.Microsoft security essentials is a good software.
• India
12 Jun 11
Is it really that good, I mean is it effective, have you tested it? Since its Microsoft's own antivirus which they have never done before. So, I really want to know about the antivirus.
@LaDeBoheme (2003)
• United States
12 Jun 11
I started using MSE a few years ago when it was first offered as a free download to XP and Vista (and now 7) users. I have often recommended it in posts asking for a freebie AV. MSE is highly rated and uses very little resources. I like it.