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how safe is Microsoft Security Essentials

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#1 Paulrenno


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 06:09 AM

I currently have Avast free and Zone Alarm free firewall on my pc, but I have heard a lot about Microsofts Security Essentials and installed it on my works pc - everything seems fine, but how safe is it and is it as good as Avast? It certainly doesnt intrude when it updates like Avast does.

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:09 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials Overview is basically a stripped-down version of OneCare aimed at users who either canít or don't want to pay for antivirus/anti-malware software.Microsoft Security Essentials auto-updates once every 24 hours and there is no setting within MSE to change the scheduled time or frequency. See the MSE Definitions/Signatures Update FAQ. However, you can always manually download the latest Microsoft Security Essentials updates from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center Portal.

Before installation, Microsoft Security Essentials checks for a validated copy of Windows and will disable Windows Defender. You need to uninstall all other "Memory Resident" antivirus applications before you install MSE.
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