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security essentials

for win7 i use security essentials, and in win8 i use nothing because security essentials is built into win8. I have not had problems just using security essentials, but I just read the apparently Microsoft said.
"they're not trying to compete with the third-party vendors. They just want to make sure everyone has some degree of protection."
making it sound like pretty bad protection. So I started wondering, Is this just an article trying to sell antivirus/antimalware, or is security essentials really not that good?
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JeffBeall
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aadihCommented:
Windows Defender (not MSE) as part of Windows 8/8.1 offers a baseline protection only (according to AV testers).
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Security Essentials is OK for minimal use.

I use a paid, commercial anti virus suite (same for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1) and it disables Windows Defender.
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Charles PrezalorSystems AdministratorCommented:
You might want to check out AV-TEST.org and see the comparisons.  Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender are generally used as the baseline for testing.  

http://www.av-test.org/en/home/

i usually refer to this list when home users ask me for recommendations.  

On the other hand, one of the organizations I've worked for used only MSE / Windows Defender and it worked well for them, they also had generally well behaved users.
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aadihCommented:
With safe browsing habits, no third-party anti-virus is needed (with Windows 7, MSE, and Windows 8/8.1, WD). In case of infection, have MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (free) ready for scanning and cleaning.

The safest option is to install a free (not paid, a waste of money) antivirus software. Starting with 'a': Avast, AVG, Avira... Recommend Avira, however (personal preference).
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
Wow! I guess I had it wrong to just use security essentials as something that is equivalent to commerical anti-virus. Oh well, live and learn, I guess I feel good about my safe browsing habits because I never had a problem with security essentials.
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