Windows 7 anti virus

I just upgraded to windows 7 and during a security update windows asked me to uninstall my anti virus program.  Sorry for the ignorance.  But does windows 7 come packed with its own virus protection and spyware too. thanks.
Jegajothy vythilingamretiredAsked:
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CompProbSolvCommented:
Standard Windows 7 does not, but Microsoft Security Essentials is installed as one of the Windows updates.

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coronoahcoroCommented:
What Anti Virus do you have? Kapersky?
coronoahcoroCommented:
Just to add a comment about your issue. A lot of people are having this problem when upgrading to Windows 7 instead of doing the clean install.

And yes, Microsoft does have their own AV called Microsoft Security Essential. I recommend using Avast AV though.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I do not recommend Avast.  Microsoft Security Essentials is fine.  They stink really, but at least going with a product that does not "cut out" features to offer a "free" version is, in my opinion better.

Also, if you were using an older antivirus product, you should definitely upgrade to something newer - to be as well protected as possible, you need to be running current versions of antivirus software and one reason to uninstall AV before upgrading is because the AV is not compatible with Win7... and if it's not compatible, it's probably old and outdated and doing little to protect you from emerging threats.
mitrumCommented:
Yes Microsoft Security Essentials is good & free option too. I am using it from last 1 yr. no problem found. It is very fast too..
Johndo58Commented:
All these are free anti virus and all are fairly capable at the basic level, I hope this helps a little.

AVG Anti-Virus Free                          
avast-free-antivirus
Microsoft Security Essentials
Comodo Antivirus
Avira AntiVir Personal
Panda Cloud Antivirus
Immunet Protect FREE
digital-defender Antivirus
PC Tools AntiVirus Free
younghvCommented:
jegajothy,
Other than MSE, "free" protection is worth about what you pay for it.
Too many of them do not offer 'real-time' protection or the ability to configure automatic updates and system scans.

After a lot of testing earlier this year, I switched to MSE and away from (paid) AVAST and AVG. I haven't loaded "free" versions for many years.

It should be noted that MSE is for "HOME" computers - not enterprise.

If you have more than 10 systems, you need to look at:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ff182914.aspx
younghvCommented:
jegajothy,
The comment you just "Accepted" as a solution is nothing but a list of products.
Do you honestly think that (and only that) comment was the best advice given?
Johndo58Commented:
Windows 7 does not come with its own built in anti virus, but as an update yes it does allow you to download Microsoft's security essentials as your anti virus solution.

But as an alternative you could also use the following products if you have already removed your installed anti-virus solution..

All these are free anti virus and all are fairly capable at the basic level.

AVG Anti-Virus Free                          
avast-free-anti virus
Comodo Antivirus
Avira AntiVir Personal
Panda Cloud Antivirus
Immunet Protect FREE
digital-defender Antivirus
PC Tools AntiVirus Free

I hope this address´s the original question.
CompProbSolvCommented:
@SouthMod

I appreciate your reopening this, but would like to offer a correction on your comments.  You refer to the initial question as one of "opinion", with which I would disagree.  The only question I find in the initial post is "does windows 7 come packed with its own virus protection and spyware too".  The author was not asking (at least not in his words) for any opinions about the quality of different programs, only if Windows 7 includes one on its own.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Microsoft made Security Essentials a Recommended update a few months ago.  I don't believe it is AUTOMATICALLY installed, but if you do go to Windows Update manually, you should see it in the list.
CompProbSolvCommented:
@Vee_Mod:
I would argue that the question "changed" into a very different one, but won't quibble about the semantics.  It's not clear to me (yet) when a new thread should be opened or "evolution/change" is acceptable.

As far as documenting my comment, it came from recent experience.  I've noticed Security Essentials showing up on numerous computers as an update.  I don't recall if it is under the Optional or not.  I look at all of them.  It surprised me as it doesn't really seem to check to see if you already have an AV program installed.  Yes, it does warn you to uninstall others, but that does not appear to actually check for their presence.

I did a quick search and found someone else referencing the presence of this as an update:
http://mintywhite.com/more/news/microsoft-security-essentials-windows-update/
The site has no special authority (as far as I can tell), just another person out there posting comments.
younghvCommented:
@CompProbSolv,
FWIW, I think your initial comment was direct and targeted the actual question that was posted.

I was going to ask that same question about updates, since I hadn't seen the MSE package as part of Microsoft Updates. Of course, I always load MSE as part of my basic OS install procedure (which would explain why).

My initial question to jegajothy still stands - the comment selected as the "solution" was nowhere near as comprehensive as comments from the other Experts and the Expert who posted it needs to read the site guidelines.
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