Microsoft Security Essentials: Revisited

Recently I have had a huge amount of home users come to me and ask my help to remove viruses and malware from their computers. So much so in fact, that I have done a lot of reading online and while I have not found any major new threats, it appears the malware is getting more aggressive, and so am I.

So while AVG is still a decent antivirus product, I have done a lot of research last weekend and compared AVG to Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast. Both Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast scored higher than AVG. So that made the decision for me, and I moved my computers to Microsoft Security Essentials. I have blogged about Microsoft Security Essentails before, so if you want to know more about it please read the previous Microsoft Security Essentials post.

My biggest issue with Microsoft Security Essentials was system performance. Well there has been some product updates and it seems to be running much better now, as I have not noticed a performance difference from when I was running AVG.

In addition to switching and running Microsoft Security Essentials, I have also running Malwarebytes in the background as a second line of defense. I do occasionally update and run a scan with it, just to make sure nothing got by my main antivirus. I have also blogged about Malwarebytes before and if you would like to learn more about it, please read the previous Malwarebytes post.

So with the increase of malware out there, I have moved to the Microsoft Security Essentials / Malwarebytes as my malware defense. So if you are looking for a decent, free solution I would recommend this two layered defense.

2 Responses

  1. Bruzer says:

    Can you post the link of the comparison where MS Security Essentials.

    I use AVG and I disable some of the more annoying parts, like the google link scanner. So far to my computers stay pretty safe (at least as far as I know).

    Thanks.

  2. Beaker says:

    Matt,

    Here is one of the articles I read online. Basically I just did a google search and read several online articles. It really came down between Avast and MS Security Essentials for me, and since I help a lot of home users I went MS Security Essentials because program updates come through Windows Update, making it a lot easier for home users. Unlike Avast that requires you obtaining a yearly license key, even for their free version.

    http://windows7review.com/avg-anti-virus-vs-microsoft-security-essentials/