Is Microsoft Security Essentials good for an antivirus program?

by on August 9, 2012

I haven’t had a virus problem ever since i switched from internet explorer 6 to firefox for my main web browsing. I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials for my antivirus since last year and haven’t had a virus problem since. i do NOT have noscript for firefox, should i get it and what does it do??

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Neld Joe August 9, 2012 at 4:45 am

From your daily usage, yes MSE is a good antivirus for you to use. Keep it and don’t forget to install antimalware/antispyware where these tools help you scan your computer where the antivirus weak point (area where antivirus cant perform well). Malwarebytes and Superantispyware are the good choice.



John Black August 9, 2012 at 5:19 am

yesss . i use it .

fallibledragon August 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

No, not great. Avira is the best one available for free. Kaspersky and NOD-32 are the only other two AV products worth using. Stuff like McAfee and Norton were good years ago, but haven’t been kept up to date, and tend to cause problems with other software.

Edit: NoScript is excellent, but will probably annoy you if you’re not a techie, and expect websites to just work. Basically it disables anything but text and images in websites, until you click on them. It can be a little complex, because it expects you to be able to figure out what websites to allow, and what ones to deny, even when the names are obscure, like

Я August 9, 2012 at 5:36 am

I suggest getting anything that has internet protection in it because it protects agains viruses better than antivirus which only helps u remove the virus from ur pc and does less of protection

black dog August 9, 2012 at 5:55 am

its superb

Riiich August 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

I tried it for testing purposes and deliberately downloaded a virus and MSE didn’t pick it up :/ So I would wait a while before using it as your standard. I personally use Avast.

It’s free to use and i’ve never had a problem with viruses. It automatically scans downloaded files (from websites, and P2P and torrent clients)

Dunbar Pappy ϟϟ August 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

You’d think with all the experience with malware attacks, and the inside track on how their operating system works, Microsoft would be able to provide The Gold Standard for an anti-virus that no one could equal, but the truth is there are several freeware items just as good, and a couple even better.

PC World compares major free anti-virus:

Top down best performers; read which will serve your needs & skill level. Avira is tops, but geared to the tech-heads; Avast a close second; Microsoft Essentials follows those.

NS stops scripted assets from running until you give specific OK. The vast majority of things you see in Y! Ans. arises from some kind of JavaScripted rubbish. Like flash content.

To reduce it’s somewhat nagging nature, try these settings: Click the “S” icon in lower right corner of browser> Options>

“Appearance” tab, check: Status bar icon; contextual menus; Allow[...]; Temporarily allow; Mark … as Untrusted.

“Notifications” tab: here, uncheck all boxes except “Clear click warning”. The “Display the release notes…” will take Firefox to the NS site & the notes about the latest update (not needed but good to know about current exploits).

Others can be added/removed once you get use to how NS works.

As scripted assets are encountered (for any given website), mark them as “untrusted” from the “S” icon. That will “build” a block list and stop it when encountered. It’s noteworthy that a lot of the rubbish encountered (especially ads) will change their names, in order to get around consumer filtering perimeters, so always keep current with updates. This dynamic aspect of the Internet demands vigilance.

See some of my selections for FF security here:

bbqmon August 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

Yes, it’s one of the best. Note the information on PCWorld mentioned here is from 2009 when MSE was still in beta. Microsoft Security Essentials is no longer in beta and it’s far superior to the others.

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