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Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast Free 5.0?

By ravisunny2
Jul 29, 2010
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  1. I need to keep one of the following two on my pc. Which do you recommend

    1) Microsoft Security Essentials

    2) Avast Free 5.0

    BTW, Avast 5.0 keeps popping up warnings of attempted exploits, despite the fact that there is an option “Do not show this message again”.
  2. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

  3. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,057   +8

    Isn't it also a matter of user experience ? :)
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,654   +82

    I don't know what the fuss is all about using third-party AV. I use the MSE on everything from XP Pro to Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit and 64-bit. On Windows Genuine License OS Client. Can't be used on Server OS. The program is free and it:

    1. updates with Windows updates or on it's own
    2. finds all the pest and can detect ones that try to get on the system through browser cache
    3.it just works and it's free.

    I just use Windows firewall and MSE along with IOBIT Advance System Care (set to auto care) That's it nothing else on all the OS Clients.

    My review of MSE
    My review of IOBIT ASC | Free | Pro
  5. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,057   +8

    A resounding endorsement for MSE, tipstir!

    I think I'm going to say good bye to avast.


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