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Microsoft Security Essentials Comments

Mixed feelings

Comment by joshas
about Microsoft Security Essentials · Jul 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

I've tested MSE on several computers for over two months - is seems to be a bit lighter on resources and interface is decent (why does every antivirus MUST have some custom interface with ludicrous colors and interface styling?).
On the other hand, to complete removing a virus from USB flash drive - you have to reboot (this is not very convenient). And finally, one of the computers caught some bogus fake antivirus malware, which somehow bypassed MSE and removed it from startup.

Comment by bjornhallberg
about Microsoft Security Essentials · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Real-time protection seemed to hog a lot of CPU for me (up to 20-25% on a Q6600) while scanning. RAM usage was also high (70-80 MB).

Comment by Elmernite
about Microsoft Security Essentials · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Seems to be a decent light on the resources Anti Virus. If you want a whole suite of tools, this isn't for you. If you need something to put on your Grandparents computer who don't understand Anti Virus software and don't want to spend the money, then it's perfect.