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Windows 7 Free Anti Virus: Avira vs MSE?


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#1 mark5767

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 11:24 AM

I have been using Avira Free with a Windows 7 laptop for several years and it's been ok, but there are quite a few annoying pop ups and I suspect it's dragging the performance (boot times) a bit.

 

I recently switched from Avira Free to Windows Defender on a Windows 8 laptop and I have been pleased with the results so far.  Faster start ups and no pop ups.

 

Now I am thinking of switching the Windows 7 laptop, but I understand that Windows Defender is not an antivirus option (only anti spy for Windows 7)?  So I would need Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) instead.

 

Has anyone switched to MSE for Windows 7 and willing to share their experience?  Thanks!!

 

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 11:45 AM

Hello,

 

I'm not using Windows 7, but 8.1...

 

I've used MSE for a while but quickly switched to something else, first I used Avast! Free Antivirus on my system but after some reading on the forums and look into AV tests I switched back to Emsisoft wich is a very good antivirus and antimalware program.

 

So my experience with Microsoft Security Essentials: Don't use it if you can get beter.  :nono:

 

Best of luck!  :thumbup2:



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Posted 21 January 2015 - 01:44 PM

Yes, Windows Defender in Windows 7 is an anti-spyware tool intended to supplement your anti-virus program. Windows Defender on Windows 8 is not the same as Windows Defender on earlier operating systems. Although it uses the same name, the new Windows Defender on Windows 8 is integrated with the operating system and includes both anti-virus and anti-malware protection. Windows Defender 8 provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on previous operation systems and uses the same daily virus definition updates.

I installed MSE on my mother-in-law's machine and she was not had any issues while using it.
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Posted 21 January 2015 - 01:59 PM

Alright, thanks for the clarifications gentlemen!

 

That is pretty confusing about Windows Defender, but I think I'm starting to catch on.

 

Thanks again!

 

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 02:33 PM

That is pretty confusing about Windows Defender, but I think I'm starting to catch on.


These links might help you.
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Posted 27 January 2015 - 02:19 PM

For those wanting to stick with Avira Antivirus, by getting the paid version, I have much better control over configuration and settings.  And, I can't remember any "nag" messages recently.


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:00 PM


mark5767 was the only one asking and he made his decision.
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