what are the advantages for having microsoft security essentials

what are the advantages for having microsoft security essentials when it seems something is securing me all the time
 

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Benefits of MSE:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/FeaturesBenefits.aspx

Microsoft Security Essentials Product Information
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/ProductInformation.aspx




If you want to use another antivirus program some options are below.

Here are some popular free AV programs:

AVG Free
http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

Avast Free
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/support.aspx





Paid Antivirus:

Kaspersky
http://kaspersky.com

McAfee
http://www.mcafee.com

Panda
http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/


ESET NOD32

http://www.eset.com/us/home/nod32-antivirus




Also - Anti-Malware:

Malwarebytes
http://www.malwarebytes.org/






Free Firewall

Windows 7 has a built in firewall. Here are some popular free firewall programs:



Zone Alarm Basic Firewall (not the trial - look for the free version)
http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/anti-virus-spyware-free-download.htm

Online Armor Free
http://www.tallemu.com/products-online-armor-free.php


Outpost

http://free.agnitum.com/




Paid Firewall (may include antivirus):

ZoneAlarm PRO Firewall 

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pro-firewall-anti-spyware.htm


F-Secure

http://www.f-secure.com/en_US/products/home-office/internet-security/



ESET Smart Security

http://www.eset.com/us/home/smart-security



Panda Firewall

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/


MCC 2011

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Hi,

No program can detect and/or remove all malware as the malware is developed and
even morphs at an incredible rate.

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Here is what I use and recommend : (These are all Free versions and very effective.) 

Avast and Prevx have proven extremely reliable and compatible with everything I have
thrown at them. Microsoft Security Essentials and Prevx have also proven to be very
reliable and compatible. Use MSE and Prevx or Avast and Prevx however not all 3.

Avast Home Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web, and
Network running.

Prevx - Home - Free

Windows Firewall

Windows Defender (not needed if using MSE)

IE - Protected Mode

IE 8 - SmartScreen Filter ON  (IE 7 Phishing Filter)

I also have IE to always start with InPrivate Filter active if IE 8.
(You occasionally have to turn it temporarily off with the little Icon on LEFT of the + bottom
right of IE)

Two versions of Avast are available 6.x and 4.8x

Avast 6.x - Home - Free - Stop the Shields you do not use (except File, Web, Network, &
Behavior) - double click the Orange Icon in Notification Area - Real Time Shields - click the
Shield you want to stop - STOP. To stop the Orange Icon from showing an error indicator -
click the Orange Icon - Upper Right - Settings - click Status Bar - uncheck the Shields you
disabled - click OK
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Avast 4.8x - Home - Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web,
and Network running. (Double Click Blue icon - details next to OK. - upper left Shields -
Terminate those you do not use.)
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4

Or use Microsoft Security Essentials - Free
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

Prevx works well along side Avast or MSE

Prevx - Home - Free small, fast, exceptional CLOUD protection, works with other security
programs. This is a scanner only, VERY EFFECTIVE, if it finds something come back here
or use Google to see how to remove. 
http://www.prevx.com/   <-- information
http://info.prevx.com/downloadcsi.asp  <-- download

PCmag - Prevx - Editor'a Choice
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346862,00.asp

Also get Malwarebytes - free - use as scanner only. If you ever suspect malware, and that
would be unsual with Avast and Prevx running except for an occasional low level cookie
(no big deal), UPDATE it and then run it as a scanner. I have many scanners and they
never find anything of note since I started using this setup.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Hope this helps.


 

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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