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2 years ago#1
http://lifehacker.com/microsoft-admits-that-third-party-antivirus-is-more-eff-1441135677

Does this mean I should delete MSE and find something else?
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2 years ago#2
Good question.

I liked MSE for my parents because it sits the background and stays quiet, like a virus scanner should do.

That site recommends Avast, would Avast work?
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2 years ago#3
Yes. I've seen PCs with "Buy our antivirus to fix all these problems" fake antiviruses and weird toolbars, with MSE happily sitting there saying nothing is wrong.
2 years ago#4
Avast is pretty good. Not as quiet as MSE because MSE doesn't really do much.

Every once and a while it will be like "Hey, update this software you never use!" but other than that it's pretty unobtrusive.
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2 years ago#5
Rexdragon125 posted...
Yes. I've seen PCs with "Buy our antivirus to fix all these problems" fake antiviruses and weird toolbars, with MSE happily sitting there saying nothing is wrong.


To be fair most free AVs will let that stuff through
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2 years ago#6
Ch3wy posted...
Avast is pretty good. Not as quiet as MSE because MSE doesn't really do much.

Every once and a while it will be like "Hey, update this software you never use!" but other than that it's pretty unobtrusive.


Anything more quiet than that? Preferably updates itself?
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2 years ago#7
Wait for Webroot to go on sale at Best Buy, get a year for like $20. I started using it because I got a year for free, it's definitely the lightest AV I've used, not intrusive or loud at all, and has an excellent detection rate.

I wouldn't pay full price for it, but the sale prices are always really good.
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2 years ago#8
mrCube posted...
Rexdragon125 posted...
Yes. I've seen PCs with "Buy our antivirus to fix all these problems" fake antiviruses and weird toolbars, with MSE happily sitting there saying nothing is wrong.


To be fair most free AVs will let that stuff through


Yeah, no amount of AV protection will stop someone from downloading 20 toolbars, and I'm not sure how they work but those fake AV programs are really effective if you're unlucky/reckless enough to get one. I let a friend use my computer unsupervised for a few hours and he picked that up, it completely wiped out my AV's definitions library without just disabling the AV entirely so every scan came up clean.
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2 years ago#9
For most use cases, MSE is "good enough" as a stopgap.
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2 years ago#10
Common sense is the best antivirus.
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