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Security Essentials And .. What?


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#1 MrClose

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:14 PM

Hey Everyone!!

Help me out here please?

I've never been clear on what programs, as far as anti-anythings go that you can run while also running Microsoft's security essentials!

Can you or should you run Avast or Malwarebytes while Microsoft is running?

What programs Should you be running besides Microsoft's Security Essentials?

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#2 Broni

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 09:12 PM

You need:
- one firewall (Windows firewall will do)
- one antivirus program (If you have Microsoft Security Essenatials, which is an antivirus program, you can't have any other, like Avast)
- you can have several antispyware programs installed (Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, etc.), bit you should run only one in real time; free versions of the mentioned programs don't run in real-time, so you can have them both

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 09:29 PM

What Broni said.
But instead of all the malware and MSE(Microsoft Security Essentials) install avast! 5.0. It has anti-malware support built in and it has better detection rate then MSE.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 09:34 PM

I agree on Avast, but I disagree on skipping antimalware program.
There is no single security program, which will detect everything.
Malwarebytes is an outstanding program and in 9 out of 10 cases will find what AV program missed.

P. S. I'm not a big fan of MS security programs (using none myself....ooops, installed MSE on one of my virtual Windows installation, just to see how it goes), however MSE seems to have pretty good ratings (again, not, that I really believe 100% in ratings).

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 09:47 PM

The conflicts do`t so much arise in what they detect as how they are detected. Most AVs rely on a black list. Meaning that they have a data base that is used to compare things to when ever an object is scanned.

Anti-malware programs usually rely on behavioral blocking. Meaning it monitors the things going on on your PC and will alert to suspicious actions being performed.

Then you have programs that use a combination. And also include white lists. These are known safe programs that initiate what would normally be considered a suspicious action. But because they are already included in the data base white list the actions are ignored and no warning pop-up is given.

An example of an AV and AM both running in real time is the set-up I use on most of my machines. Avast and Threatfire.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:01 PM

I used to use ThreatFire until it started giving me problems while installing Firefox add-ons and I pin-pointed it to TF.

Let's not forget about Avira (AV) and Comodo (AV + firewall), another excellent programs.

I use all kind of combinations of the mentioned programs on different Windows installations and no complaints so far.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:11 PM

Thank You All for your help.

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