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Im using avast internet security and malwarebytes.
    
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just downloaded microsoft security essentials and ran a scan. it says all is good. i like that it's fast and easy to. is avast a program that runs all the time or can i run it as i need to? now that i'm running MSE, i would still like to have something else i can run from time to time for good measure's.
avast is a great realtime program but it can do individual scans. From my little bit of time with mse I can say that mse scans are a tad faster.

I forgot about avira they are the best of the best for free scanners according to this forum and others.

ot: how resource heavy is avira free?
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avast is a great realtime program but it can do individual scans. From my little bit of time with mse I can say that mse scans are a tad faster.

I forgot about avira they are the best of the best for free scanners according to this forum and others.

ot: how resource heavy is avira free?
Avira is very light. I think it's on par with MSE. (Resource usage wise)
Edited by Metal425 - 1/24/11 at 7:39pm
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Avira is very light. I think it's on par with MSE. (Resource usage wise)
so better and as light as mse. Think I will test it. I literally just started this test of mse. Been using avast forever but wanted something new.
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I went to Avast Free from MSE. Never looked back.
 
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I've seen a lot of people mention malware bytes here. I just wanted to set a few people straight with my opinion. (not always the right one of course). But the other day I used it, and it didn't detect any spyware, I then grabbed my trusty spybot search and destroy and it found a bunch of cookies in my browser. Since then, I've never trusted Malware Bytes for anything. I think it's a piece of trash. Anyone else feel this way?

For antivirus grab Avira of course. It's very light, fast, and works super well.
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I've seen a lot of people mention malware bytes here. I just wanted to set a few people straight with my opinion. (not always the right one of course). But the other day I used it, and it didn't detect any spyware, I then grabbed my trusty spybot search and destroy and it found a bunch of cookies in my browser. Since then, I've never trusted Malware Bytes for anything. I think it's a piece of trash. Anyone else feel this way?

For antivirus grab Avira of course. It's very light, fast, and works super well.
cookies arent really considered anything bad. Depends if they're legitimate or not. You get "bad" cookies by visiting bad sites. Cookies usually just store preference information and by themselves dont do anything to harm the system.

Malwarebytes is a good product, but should not be relied on 100%. Not only cause the free version has no automatic file scanning, but because it doesnt fix everything (nor should it be expected to)
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post #29 of 33
Just because something detects a tracking cookie and color-codes it red doesn't mean it's malicious. You don't even have to scan with anything to know you have tracking cookies. So many sites use them these days, you can just assume they're there. Clear your temp files and be done with it. Or, better yet, get BetterPrivacy if you have Firefox, and have all LSO's/SuperCookies deleted every time you close the browser.

MalwareBytes has a proven record, and I guarantee you it will catch actual malicious threats many times more than Spybot will.
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I say go with Microsoft security essentials, I have been new to win7 since just a few months ago and have tried many, paid and free trying to find one that works and have settled with MSE and haven't had any troubles, it seems to be nice and lightweight, it doesn't report and errors and always starts each time and since I have installed it, I have used other programs to scan for malware and they have all turned up clean thanks to MSE
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