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Changing Virus protection--ur thoughts?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by racer11, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. I run windows 7 on a dial up system, unfortunately no other high speed available for my area.

    I currently have Mcafee and have been with them several years and when I started with them there was not a lot of free stuff to choose from, as I recall anyway.

    My puter fix it guy suggests I dump Mcafee and take up with a different coverage.

    He suggests I get on with "Microsoft Security Essentials" and I think I remember reading in here that the comments about this protection was pretty good to use. Considering that I dont down load songs and look at porno stuff and always use caution about what I do open,,,would this protection be pretty good to take on board?? And any other users with this protection would be very welcome for comment also.

  2. llong7272


    Aug 26, 2011
    Loveland Colorado
    I personally use AVG free edition at my home and it works great. The download is pretty big for the install if you are on dial up...

    Security Essentials leave a little to be desired IMO.

  3. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Security Essentials is probably fine, but Avast and AVG are also good free clients.

  4. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    Microsoft Security Essentials works very well and seems to have the fewest conflicts. The latest version is very good. The only issue I've had with it is with my netbook using wifi and it doesn't always check for updates after connecting to the internet. With a wired connection that isn't a problem. Avast is the only free one I've tried that will check for updates after connecting with wifi. Avira Antivir is also a good one but also fails to check for updates when using wifi. With Microsoft Security Essentials go into settings and set a daily scan time and set it to check for updates before scanning.
  5. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    MS Security Essentials OR Avast! are the AntiVirus products I recommend, even in my eBook... and add to that MalwareBytes for malware scanning weekly, and you should be in pretty good shape!

    Not to mention you won't have any subscription fees... :cool: THAT is always appreciated by most of my clients! :supergrin:

    Hope that helps you out!

  6. Thanks to all for the input :wavey:

    Subscription free is the best part.
  7. wct097


    Jan 11, 2000
    MS Security Essentials is the closest thing I've ever found to 'set and forget' virus protection. I've seen systems with all of the big names in virus protection go down for the count with virii or malware. MSSE is about as rock solid as I've ever seen. I went years without running any virus protection for myself, due to performance hits from the software. MSSE doesn't cause me any headache.
  8. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    MSSE is pretty quick...

    I remember Lotus years ago complaining that there were 'undocumented calls' happening in Excel when it first came out... I believe MS response was along the line of 'So....' :cool:

    MS can, and does, put out some pretty good software... and it's definitely * The Most Tested * OS on the planet right now.

    Shucks, even a blind squirrel finds and acorn once in a while... :rofl:

  9. g29andy

    g29andy CLM

    Jan 28, 2001
    My Laptops all are on Wifi and Avira autoupdates fine.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  10. handyman


    Aug 3, 2008
    I changed all mine to microsoft security essentials also some friends and no problems, I check manually for updates when I turn the machine on.
  11. BlownFiveLiter


    Mar 24, 2011
    I've been happy with MS Security Essentials on all of my PC's. In fact, I dumped AVG in favor of MSSE after AVG completely missed a virus that MSSE picked right up after I installed and updated it. Also, though you said no high speed internet options exist for you, have you looked into any of the 3G/4G type devices from any of the major carriers? I seem to recall Sprint having an unlimited everything plan for $99 a month, but I don't know if you're in their coverage area. Any of them have plans though, and you could share the connection among other PC's in the house if you desired.
  12. Glock 1

    Glock 1

    Aug 21, 2011
    Kaspersky Internet Suite 2011 and Malwarebytes - run MWB weekly. Kaspersky is not free but with these two you won't have any issues.

    You have to update MWB manually before running it.

    I use these on all my home pc's and as part of my day to day job. They work very well. Just a suggestion.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  13. Glock 1

    Glock 1

    Aug 21, 2011
    Also, just kind of an FYI for all the freebies out there.

    In my line of work, I deal with a lot of the freeware AV’s and most of the time you see no problems because malicious programs don’t always let you know they are there. Unless its Fake AV malware or some other scam-spam you will not ever know it’s there. McAfee misses stuff all the time so I am not surprised your “Nerd Herd” guy told you to ditch it. I would too.

    I take out stealth programs everyday on our network that the freebies don’t detect. Not shareware bashing, just throwing it out there. No detections doesn’t always mean the system is clean.