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Microsoft Security Essentials

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by none, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. none

    none Flightless Bird

    Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:

    * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    * is it STABLE?
    * does it 'phone home' without your permission?

    Any other pro's, con's?

    Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?
     
  2. Sy Kosis

    Sy Kosis Flightless Bird

    It is not reliable.

    Windows 2000? Ask in the proper newsgroup, not windows XP. Or, if you've
    ever heard of Google....

    "none" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    news:i0dlij$38q$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    : Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    :
    : * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    : * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    : * is it STABLE?
    : * does it 'phone home' without your permission?
    :
    : Any other pro's, con's?
    :
    : Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?
    :
    :
     
  3. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    What do you mean 'not reliable'? Works fine here. No problems whatsoever.
    "Sy Kosis" <sy@kosis.invalid> wrote in message
    news:i0dlmd$3ta$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > It is not reliable.
    >
    > Windows 2000? Ask in the proper newsgroup, not windows XP. Or, if you've
    > ever heard of Google....
    >
    > "none" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    > news:i0dlij$38q$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > : Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    > :
    > : * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    > : * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    > : * is it STABLE?
    > : * does it 'phone home' without your permission?
    > :
    > : Any other pro's, con's?
    > :
    > : Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?
    > :
    > :
    >
    >
     
  4. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:37:38 -0500, "none" <nospam@bogusaddress.com>
    wrote:

    > Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    >
    > * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    > * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    > * is it STABLE?
    > * does it 'phone home' without your permission?
    >
    > Any other pro's, con's?



    It is much better than Norton and is one of the better free anti-virus
    programs. Yes, it's stable and it doesn't phone home.



    > Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?



    Here's my standard recommendation:

    For an anti-virus program, I recommend eSet NOD32, if you are willing
    to pay for it. If you want a free anti-virus, I recommend one of the
    following three:

    Avira
    Avast
    Microsoft Security Essentials

    You also need anti-spyware software. I recommend that you download and
    install (both freeware) MalwareBytes AntiMalware *and*
    SuperAntiSpyware.



    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  5. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "none" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    news:i0dlij$38q$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    >
    > * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?

    *** Yes.

    > * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?

    *** Not noticeably.

    > * is it STABLE?

    *** Yes.

    > * does it 'phone home' without your permission?

    *** Not as far as I know.

    > Any other pro's, con's?

    I have used MSE on about 20 machines since December 2009 without any
    problem. It runs quietly in the background and it just takes care of itself.
    With other virus scanners I had several minor or major problems, e.g. the
    scanner putting system files into quarantine, or deleting utility files, or
    persistently nagging users one month prior to the licence expiring.

    > Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?

    Since Windows 2000 is no longer supported, you'll have to find out which
    scanner will still run under that OS.
     
  6. antioch

    antioch Flightless Bird

    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    news:8ank26tsdtucpmj4dap968f3nhp0trng2f@4ax.com...
    > On Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:37:38 -0500, "none" <nospam@bogusaddress.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    >>
    >> * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    >> * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    >> * is it STABLE?
    >> * does it 'phone home' without your permission?
    >>
    >> Any other pro's, con's?

    >
    >
    > It is much better than Norton and is one of the better free anti-virus
    > programs. Yes, it's stable and it doesn't phone home.
    >
    >
    >
    >> Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?

    >
    >
    > Here's my standard recommendation:
    >
    > For an anti-virus program, I recommend eSet NOD32, if you are willing
    > to pay for it. If you want a free anti-virus, I recommend one of the
    > following three:
    >
    > Avira
    > Avast
    > Microsoft Security Essentials
    >
    > You also need anti-spyware software. I recommend that you download and
    > install (both freeware) MalwareBytes AntiMalware *and*
    > SuperAntiSpyware.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup


    Hello 'none'
    As Ken has said -

    I had free Avast on an Acer laptop[XP SP3 PRO] - not a very powerful one at
    that and I found it a bit cumbersome and resource hogging - but then not as
    bad as others.
    So I put MSE on[already running on my desktop - XP SP3] and so far one would
    hardly notice it - full scan 40-45 minutes is most acceptable for me.
    It does sort of phone home to dll updates.

    With the other two MBAM and SAS again all free and highly recommended by
    Ken's colleagues, one needs nothing more for basic security.

    Rgds
    Antioch
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Microsoft Security Essentials Support Forums
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/mse

    Can I install Microsoft Security Essentials [or any other
    anti-virus/anti-spyware application] to clean up my already-infected
    computer?
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/msescan/thread/87058857-d181-4019-a723-efd9a49d9275

    none wrote:
    > Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    >
    > * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    > * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    > * is it STABLE?
    > * does it 'phone home' without your permission?
    >
    > Any other pro's, con's?
    >
    > Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?
     
  8. Zilbandy

    Zilbandy Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:57:38 +0200, "Pegasus [MVP]"
    <news@microsoft.com> wrote:

    >> Any other pro's, con's?

    >I have used MSE on about 20 machines since December 2009 without any
    >problem. It runs quietly in the background and it just takes care of itself.


    I tried it on this laptop and it seemed to do ok, but the hard disk
    was constantly being accessed... much more frequently than "normal" in
    my case. That bothered me and I went back to AVG.

    --
    Zilbandy
     
  9. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Bad mistake going back to AVG. Disk access no more frequent. Suggest you
    reinstall and monitor reason for disk access.
    "Zilbandy" <zil@zilbandyREMOVETHIS.com> wrote in message
    news:dinl265l7q6uuuv7dtllhf7t0rovrlt055@4ax.com...
    >
    > On Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:57:38 +0200, "Pegasus [MVP]"
    > <news@microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>> Any other pro's, con's?

    >>I have used MSE on about 20 machines since December 2009 without any
    >>problem. It runs quietly in the background and it just takes care of
    >>itself.

    >
    > I tried it on this laptop and it seemed to do ok, but the hard disk
    > was constantly being accessed... much more frequently than "normal" in
    > my case. That bothered me and I went back to AVG.
    >
    > --
    > Zilbandy
     
  10. David Webb

    David Webb Flightless Bird

    Looks like you're out-of-luck with Win2k. Here's a quote from the MS website:

    \quote
    Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials

    Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows
    Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7
    \end quote

    Might try Avast...I just installed it on an old Winbook laptop with only 128mb
    ram. Runs great. Had a heck of a time getting AVG out of the system first.

    Good luck.
    --
    Google is your friend.....


    "none" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    news:i0dlij$38q$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    >
    > * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    > * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    > * is it STABLE?
    > * does it 'phone home' without your permission?
    >
    > Any other pro's, con's?
    >
    > Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?
    >
    >
     
  11. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    What, you mean he's supposed to RTFM?

    David Webb wrote:
    > Looks like you're out-of-luck with Win2k. Here's a quote from the MS
    > website:
    >
    > \quote
    > Minimum system requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials
    >
    > Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3);
    > Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7
    > \end quote
    >
    > Might try Avast...I just installed it on an old Winbook laptop with only
    > 128mb ram. Runs great. Had a heck of a time getting AVG out of the system
    > first.
    >
    > Good luck.
    >
    > "none" <nospam@bogusaddress.com> wrote in message
    > news:i0dlij$38q$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Was thinking about trying this SW. Would like user input:
    >>
    >> * does it constantly run (monitoring network traffic etc)?
    >> * does it consume CPU to slow down system (e.g. Norton)?
    >> * is it STABLE?
    >> * does it 'phone home' without your permission?
    >>
    >> Any other pro's, con's?
    >>
    >> Lastly, I also use Windows 2000. Any AV recommendations for it?
     
  12. ctowers

    ctowers Flightless Bird

    Unknown wrote:
    > Bad mistake going back to AVG. Disk access no more frequent. Suggest
    > you reinstall and monitor reason for disk access.
    >


    huh? AVG is preferred by many of us, not a "big mistake".
     
  13. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Compared to MSE, AVG is trash.
    "ctowers" <zctowersz@zgmailz.com> wrote in message
    news:eOz3%23sLGLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Unknown wrote:
    >> Bad mistake going back to AVG. Disk access no more frequent. Suggest
    >> you reinstall and monitor reason for disk access.
    >>

    >
    > huh? AVG is preferred by many of us, not a "big mistake".
    >
    >
     
  14. kay

    kay Flightless Bird

    "Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> wrote in message
    news:-OMgq6cTGLHA.1996@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    Compared to MSE, AVG is trash.
    "ctowers" <zctowersz@zgmailz.com> wrote in message
    news:eOz3%23sLGLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Unknown wrote:
    >> Bad mistake going back to AVG. Disk access no more frequent.
    >> Suggest
    >> you reinstall and monitor reason for disk access.
    >>

    >
    > huh? AVG is preferred by many of us, not a "big mistake".
    >
    >




    I tried to d/l MSE and got message "NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR
    COUNTRY."

    I'm in South Africa.

    Can anyone tell me why this is so.

    Thanks
     
  15. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:43:34 +0200, "kay" <kay@wrongaddress.com> wrote:

    >
    >"Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> wrote in message
    >news:-OMgq6cTGLHA.1996@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >Compared to MSE, AVG is trash.
    >"ctowers" <zctowersz@zgmailz.com> wrote in message
    >news:eOz3%23sLGLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Unknown wrote:
    >>> Bad mistake going back to AVG. Disk access no more frequent.
    >>> Suggest
    >>> you reinstall and monitor reason for disk access.
    >>>

    >>
    >> huh? AVG is preferred by many of us, not a "big mistake".
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    >
    >I tried to d/l MSE and got message "NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR
    >COUNTRY."
    >
    >I'm in South Africa.
    >
    >Can anyone tell me why this is so.
    >
    >Thanks
    >
    >
    >


    Try this link
    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx?mkt=en-za
     
  16. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

  17. kay

    kay Flightless Bird

    Thanks PA Bear, for the link I will take a look and see.




    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ejLEBwfGLHA.4824@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    Microsoft Security Essentials Support Forums
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/mse

    kay wrote:
    <SNIP>
    > I tried to d/l MSE and got message "NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR
    > COUNTRY."
    >
    > I'm in South Africa.
    >
    > Can anyone tell me why this is so.
    >
    > Thanks
     
  18. kay

    kay Flightless Bird

    Thanks Jim, got the link. Looks as if we can d/l now.



    "Jim" <bojimbo261@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:joqr2615ag1o76a2umusnjdunug9ts1ph9@4ax.com...
    On Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:43:34 +0200, "kay" <kay@wrongaddress.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> wrote in message
    >news:-OMgq6cTGLHA.1996@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >Compared to MSE, AVG is trash.
    >"ctowers" <zctowersz@zgmailz.com> wrote in message
    >news:eOz3%23sLGLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Unknown wrote:
    >>> Bad mistake going back to AVG. Disk access no more frequent.
    >>> Suggest
    >>> you reinstall and monitor reason for disk access.
    >>>

    >>
    >> huh? AVG is preferred by many of us, not a "big mistake".
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    >
    >I tried to d/l MSE and got message "NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR
    >COUNTRY."
    >
    >I'm in South Africa.
    >
    >Can anyone tell me why this is so.
    >
    >Thanks
    >
    >
    >


    Try this link
    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx?mkt=en-za
     
  19. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 3 Jul 2010 11:45:08 +0200, "kay" <kay@wrongaddress.com> wrote:

    >Thanks Jim, got the link. Looks as if we can d/l now.
    >
    >
    >
    >"Jim" <bojimbo261@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >news:joqr2615ag1o76a2umusnjdunug9ts1ph9@4ax.com...
    >On Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:43:34 +0200, "kay" <kay@wrongaddress.com>
    >wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Unknown" <unknown@unknown.kom> wrote in message
    >>news:-OMgq6cTGLHA.1996@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>Compared to MSE, AVG is trash.
    >>"ctowers" <zctowersz@zgmailz.com> wrote in message
    >>news:eOz3%23sLGLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>> Unknown wrote:
    >>>> Bad mistake going back to AVG. Disk access no more frequent.
    >>>> Suggest
    >>>> you reinstall and monitor reason for disk access.
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> huh? AVG is preferred by many of us, not a "big mistake".
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>I tried to d/l MSE and got message "NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR
    >>COUNTRY."
    >>
    >>I'm in South Africa.
    >>
    >>Can anyone tell me why this is so.
    >>
    >>Thanks
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >Try this link
    >http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx?mkt=en-za
    >


    You`re welcome <g>
     

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