Windows Essentials Security.

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    Someone told me about a free anti-virus program called Windows Essentials which is a Microsoft creation and is supposedly as good if not better than any of the commercially available security programs.

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    Looks like their security software is improving but still not as good as most of the more well known ones.

    Microsoft Security Essentials review (2013) | Expert Reviews
    Microsoft Security Essentials - CNET Download.com

    The bottom line: Microsoft Security Essentials 2 will protect you, and it will generally do it well. However, its impact on system performance could be improved, and it's still a bit light in the tool belt.

    It only works on XP, Vista and Win7
     
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    The Microsoft solution does not appear to be very good at this point but is of course better than the other free solutions, because it does not include ads and and saves hardware resources. MSE 2 is outdated, MSE 4 is the newest version.
     
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    XP users to get IE security patch...
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    Windows XP Gets Security Patch for Internet Explorer
    May 02, 2014 ~ Microsoft has announced that its latest security update for Internet Explorer is being made available for users of Windows XP, even though the software firm stopped supporting that version of its operating system in favor of the newer versions, Windows 7 or 8.1.

     
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    Always add layers on top of Windows. The same with their security. Use it because it is native to the O/S, but add additional layers of security on top of that. The better ones won't slow you down to the point you will notice. But they aren't free. You'll have to make a choice on how secure you want to be.
     
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    What is the best free anti virus and anti malware? I am using Avast.
     
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    Depends on who you ask.

    For malware, I use malware bytes. Its relatively inexpensive (I would recommend going beyond the free version) and for antivirus, I use Norton 360. Some say that it slows the system, but I've never noticed it and it works really well.

    A google search can prove helpful though.

    The Top 10 Antivirus Software of 2014
     
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    I quit paying for protection after paying for McAfee and getting all kinds of malware.
     
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    Well, I quite paying for protection after Charles Bronson took the bastards out....but that isn't really Germane...lol

    As I said before, you have to rely upon layers of protection. I use Norton, but they're a symantec product and there are those who say they suck. Even though I have never picked up a virus using it.

    My advice is to research it the best you can and then exercise care when you visit the porn sites.


    :D
     
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    i use Eset Nod32.....so far has caught everything that i know off....have been using for 5-6 years.....i had been using Macafee before that....caught a few things with them....
     

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