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Security essentials - how good is it?

How does it rank with others ?
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
It usually doesn't. I have not seen it lately on av-comparatives.org.

But from an experience point of view, it's "good enough". I have it installed at several small clients, with no major problems. The only virus that got through in the past year was the CryptoLocker on one workstation. And from what I read that got through most AV.


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Dan Craciun
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Most of the standard anti-virus are decent, including MSE.    Like awawada just pointed out, none of them are 100% protection.

I've explained this to many clients over the years,  it's just like having health insurance, going to the doctor and the doctor tells you you're healthy.    This doesn't mean you can eat, smoke or screw whatever you want,  you have to practice safe living too.  

So in other words, an anti-virus is half the battle and being smart and cautious is the other half.  

I have used MSE for years and have set it up for clients.     No complaints here.
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aadihCommented:
MSE provides only a baseline protection. Therefore it's not so good. You could deploy Avast, AVG, Avira (recommend: Avira) ... or any other free anti-virus solutions out there.

If you are using a notebook or generally want to minimize the resource utilization, I recommend using free Panda Cloud Antivirus.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
Re - awawada post ....

It scores very badly !

No Antivirus Software can give you 100% protection!

http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/?tx_avtestreports_pi1%5Breport_no%5D=133162

Rank with others:

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/julaug-2013/
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amprantiCommented:
Does not exist to the AV map :-)
Its really fast but I dont think that can protect a vivid user
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hackerdarkroseCommented:
BOTTOM LINE
Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 does a decent job protecting a clean PC, but in testing its cleanup of already-infested systems wasn't thorough. You can get better protection for the same price.

PROS
Does a decent job protecting an already-clean system. Good ratings from independent antivirus test labs. Free!

CONS
Unusually slow scan. Failed to run on one test system. Low detection rate in malware cleanup test. Failed to thoroughly clean up threats it did detect.


Comparision here
comparision

source = http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403986,00.asp
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aadihCommented:
With safe surfing habits, MSE suffices.

Otherwise, it's better to use Avast, AVG, Avira, etc.
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