I have not been able to find any comparisons of how Microsoft Security Essentials stacks up to other free downloads - i.e. Avira, Avast, etc. Is it because it is Microsoft or what? I have had good results with Microsoft Security Essentials.
I have a 1+ year old Toshiba Satellite L745 Laptop with Windows 7 that came with McAfee in it & it (McAfee) created several problems & program conflicts as well as I got a Virus because of McAfee & the Toshiba Technician suggested I remove the McAfee Antivirus Program. As I have Security Essentials in 2 older desktops & had gotten along very well with it I installed it in the Laptop.
I have not had any real problems until about 3 days ago & got a really nasty Virus that completely locked up the Computer. I took it to a local computer service company that removed it (took most of the day) but they removed Security Essentials & put in Avast Free Antivirus, CCleanr & Malwarebyte which they felt from Consumer Reports was the best Free Antivirus.