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Would Microsoft Security Essentials be adequate protection?

Microsoft's free antivirus program, Security Essentials, became available for download from the company's website Tuesday.

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marked as duplicate by Troggy, William Hilsum, BinaryMisfit Sep 30 '09 at 13:02

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I now understand that this is a duplicate question but why the down votes.Is it because of it being duplicated or for some other reason – Brad Sep 29 '09 at 23:41
I am interested in why the down votes also. – Xavierjazz Sep 30 '09 at 1:50
I guess partially the downvotes are for asking a question with obviously at least two duplicates and the other part are probably for even thinking about voluntarily using Microsoft security software :-) – Joey Sep 30 '09 at 5:31

Use neither. I've had great success with AVIRA. Use that and run Malware Bytes once a week and you're in good shape.

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It may be too early to say definitively, but I've been running the MSE beta for a couple months and like it. I upraded both home xp machines to the released code today. ARS Technica had a positive review for it today.


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I would stick with AVG as it is free, has never let anything by, and is light-weight.

Also, this question will probably lead to prolonged discussion...

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This answer even more with its unfounded assumptions :-) – Joey Sep 30 '09 at 5:29

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