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Is Microsoft Security Essentials Anti Virus good?

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#1 NutCrack


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Posted 23 March 2011 - 03:12 AM

Hi, I was wondering if Microsoft Security Essentials is a good anti virus program. I would appreciate suggestions for an alternative program. Lastly, does it run on Linux? Thanks.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 06:00 AM

As per my opinion, MSE works ok but I prefer avast! free.
MSE does not run on Linux. Why would Microsoft release something that runs on Linux ? LOL
On Linux you normally do not need any antivirus. But if you want, you can use the ClamAntivirus, avast! or BitDefender for Unices on Linux.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 06:19 AM

This page provides a brief overview of features and related security links. MSE Support provides several How-to videos for installing, scanning and addressing a detected threat. MSE was originally developed as a scaled-down version of and replacement for Windows OneCare and was aimed at users who either could not or did not want to pay for anti-virus and anti-malware software.

Before installation, Microsoft Security Essentials checks for a validated copy of Windows and will disable Windows Defender if installed since MSE provides protects against spyware. You also need to uninstall all other "Memory Resident" anti-virus applications before you can install MSE. See Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials for more information.

Like Romeo29, I too prefer avast!.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:35 PM

From Wikipedia.org:
"In February 2010, a rogue security software package calling itself "Security Essentials 2010" appeared on the Internet. This malware, designated TrojanDownloader:Win32/Fakeinit, bears no resemblance to Microsoft Security Essentials except for the name.[40][41] This malware reappeared again in November 2010, this time calling itself "Microsoft Security Essentials 2011".

The rogue software features a persistent pop-up and prevents access to any sites on a browser address bar. There is a fix listed in bleepingcomputer.com.

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