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Microsoft Security Essentials vs Avast Free?

Poll Results: Which one?

 
  • 36% (9)
    Avast Free
  • 64% (16)
    MSE
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post #1 of 10
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I have used both for a while now (not at the same time ofc) and both seem to stop malware extremely well. Now I don't know which one to keep.

Which one should I keep?
post #2 of 10
I know from some experience that they're the same, but avast sometimes gets labeled as malware(at least to me), which is inconvenient for me.
   
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was on avg......went to avast......now on mse.....idk....feels more at home on my pc
    
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post #4 of 10
My professional opinion is that MSSE decimates everything else.
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post #5 of 10
Been using Avast for some time now and dose what it's supposed to, sits in the backround quietly. Its definatly not a system hogg like others can be. It work's so i'm good with that.
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post #6 of 10
+1 here for avast- install it turn on gaming mode and forget about it.
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post #7 of 10
Be cautious asking questions like this on OCN, as you will get responses from a lot of people who know how to put PC's together, but lack any kind of industry training or experience.

I can tell you though as someone who has been trained in systems security and who has real industry experience that MSE is in my opinion the better choice, over just about all of the free antimalware products out there.
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post #8 of 10
I've never used MSE, so I can't say that I'm any sort of authority that you should heed, but I am (and have been) using avast! for a good two-three years now. The constant updates and alerts seem intrusive at times, but it lets me know that it's doing something, and I feel more secure because of it.

Who knows - I guess I'll try MSE someday.
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dylan View Post
Be cautious asking questions like this on OCN, as you will get responses from a lot of people who know how to put PC's together, but lack any kind of industry training or experience.

I can tell you though as someone who has been trained in systems security and who has real industry experience that MSE is in my opinion the better choice, over just about all of the free antimalware products out there.


pretty much this^.^

i have also been trained and love it for what it is... unless you want to go paid and depending on aplication symantec or eset nod32
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post #10 of 10
A antivirus are always 24 hours behind malware. It needs help from other sources.
It can stop click jacks. It can't stop koobface, Adobe Zero day, Java exploits, dns hijack malware etc etc.

A av is a try and test and error affair. Test them out till you get one that feels right.

Make use of utilities like Sandboxie to use your browser in and a firewall with HIPS like Outpost or Online Armor. Remove your old java installations when you update coz that's where malware like the rogue avs and google redirect virus get thru.
If you want some apps just click on my sig. There's a couple of good free ones and advice to sharpen up your security without wasting resources

Here's the latest retrospective test from av comparison
http://www.av-comparatives.org/image...ro_may2011.pdf
Edited by Spooony - 6/10/11 at 6:00am
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