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Which is better MS Security Essentials or Avast Antivirus?

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Hi everyone,

  So which is better, MS Security Essentials or Avast Antivirus? And if so, why is it better? TIA.
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by:stevthym
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Hi!

Well have a look here:

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/smb-security/articles/63727.aspx 

Although I would recommend Symantec Endpoint Protection if pricing is an issue!

Stefanos
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by:awawada
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I would say PANDA CLOUD ANTIVIRUS & Avira AntiVir is better!

have a look:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/main-tests
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by:tikusbalap
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by:awawada
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@tikusbalap
the test is to old my friend. ( from 04/10/2008 )
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by:stevthym
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The attached report might be useful as well (in concernt to AV soft comparison!)
magic-quadrant-for-endpoint--166.pdf
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by:awawada
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@stevthym
This test is also old. ( from 4 May 2009 )

I agree with you that  Symantec Endpoint Protection is good for corporate use. But the system get so slow... And it's not freeware!
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by:rindi
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If you are only set for the two you posted in the Q, then it is definitely Avast. But I agree with the Panda Cloud Antivirus as being the true best (both the free and pro versions). It's advantage is that it uses a very low footprint on the PC, and since it runs from the "cloud", you never have to worry about definition updates, as it is always up-to-date so long you are connected to the internet. It caches the definitions locally so you are still protected when not connected to the internet.

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Lee W, MVP earned 200 total points
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I'll tell you which is best, but you have to provide me with conclusive proof of which is better - Vanilla or Chocolate.

All Antivirus products suck today.  In 1995, they were effective 99% of the time.  Today, in my experience (and I've used about a dozen, including some of the supposedly good ones and some of the supposedly bad ones) and they ALL suck.  Today, they get about 80% in my experience.  Sure... maybe one gets 78% and the other 82%... but if it's not 99%, it doesn't work.  Now something is better than nothing, but whatever you choose, you're not going find a much better result with one of the other.  

The one thing I will say is AVOID SYMANTEC.  I can design a great feature list and and settings pages too... and JUST LIKE THEM, I can make a product that won't actually work.  Every major outbreak I've had to help stop was "protected" by Symantec products.  When Microsoft releases a patch, Symantec products tend to break - then their programmers blame Microsoft while no other product has issues.

My own preference of late - OF LATE - and it's NOT 100% effective - is Sunbelt's VIPRE product line.  But again, if you HAVE to go free because you just don't care about your security, then go with MS - the "free" products of "paid" companies often lack features that others will include and with the protection quality being only marginally better or worse, you might as well go with MS (a new version is due soon anyway - the next release just entered Beta 2, I believe).
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by:awawada
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Leew i agree with you excellent explanation!
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by:rpggamergirl
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You need to have antivirus as well as anti-malware because no antivirus can protect the system against rogue apps... most of them fail to even detect rogue/fake security scanners. That's when anti-malware with real-time protection like MalwareBytes is needed.

I'm using Avast for 2 years now, so far so good.
Antivirus Top ten review:
http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/v2/
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by:0nepiece
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Thank you for your inputs everyone! As of now I've used MS Essential and MalwareBytes. I do plan to purchase a paid anti virus asap. Maybe it'll be Panda, I'm still reviewing the antivirus review given by rpggamergirl. Thanks again to everyone!
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