Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Sep 2010 20:38 UTC, submitted by fran
Bugs & Viruses "To mark the first anniversary of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company has released some sobering statistics it has gathered during the past year via the free anti-malware software. According to Microsoft, Security Essentials has been installed on 31 million computers worldwide. Out of that group, 27 million users reported malware infections during the year."
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by molnarcs on Thu 30th Sep 2010 22:05 UTC in reply to "MSE"
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I have exactly the opposite experience - MSE was the only antivirus I could find that is unnoticable on any system I've tried it on.

Started using it on my old laptop that came with XP, core 2 duo. Sold it (was too heavy) and bought a netbook. Never ever noticed any slowdown due to MSE there either. Granted, my netbook is a fairly powerful one (the ASUS 1201N, comes with dual core Atom, Win7 and NVIDIA ION), but I also installed it on my girlfriend's crappy Acer (the standard Atom 270, 1 Gb Ram, WinXP). She's very happy with her current setup - after removing all the vendor crap and the horrible MacAffee antivir, performance doubled, better than new she said. Lastly, I have it on my PC without any problems, but no surprise there, I have a quad core that could handle even Norton I guess. Well, I wouldn't bet too much money on that, but you get the idea...

All in all, I'm really happy with MSE, it stays out of the way, easy to forget you even have it until you plug in an infected pendrive (a word of advice here: you have to enable scanning usb storage, MS for some reason has it disabled by default).

Edited 2010-09-30 22:06 UTC

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RE[2]: MSE
by darknexus on Thu 30th Sep 2010 22:51 in reply to "RE: MSE"
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It was about a month ago that I was trying it out. I was surprised myself how poorly it performed for me, since most people loved it. Maybe I have an obscure driver conflict somewhere, it wouldn't be the first time. My system is an Athlon-64 3400+ 2.4ghz single-core with 2 gb of ddr-433 ram. Should be more than enough to handle MSE, but I never got it to perform acceptably. Avast on the other hand runs perfectly on it, so I went back to that. I don't use that machine daily anyway, I don't put AV software on machines I use regularly. Firefox with noscript/adblock/ghostery and a firewall take care of that, and I don't pirate software so I'm not worried about anything coming in from that vector.

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RE[3]: MSE
by molnarcs on Fri 1st Oct 2010 07:30 in reply to "RE[2]: MSE"
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Sorry, no idea what might cause this, MSE should run completely unnoticable on your hardware... ;)

I agree that you don't really need an antivirus if you know what you're doing. I don't download random shit from the internet either - I have a list of trusted programs for every task I need, use Chrome for browsing, don't open unknown attachments. Unfortunately, where I live, almost every PC is infected, so whenever I get files on a pendrive, MSE catches something!

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