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Author Topic: AVG versus MSE  (Read 1603 times)

tonyappuk

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AVG versus MSE
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:27:37 PM »

I have used AVG free for years and years and it has always been a pain to get it to do what you want it to with each new edition. With the latest issue and with the recent takeover I'm wondering if it's time to change. I hear favourable things about MSE after (as I recall) poor reviews initially. What do all the experts here feel? I could jump ship to Linux but have always been deterred by having to produce a Newsletter and using MS Publisher which makes DTP a delight and scribus is too difficult to learn. However I can see the end of the Newsletter soon which would make the jump painless. Until that happens what about MSE? Many thanks for all advice.
Tony
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NEXUS2345

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Re: AVG versus MSE
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 11:32:44 PM »

Just wondering what version of Windows you are using? Mainly because it impacts whether you would use MSE or Windows Defender.
MSE is pretty good for Windows 7, but has been replaced by Windows Defender in W10 as they decided to build it into the OS. On W10 it is very good considering it is built into the OS and provides nearly no performance losses.

A third party antivirus suite partnered with Malwarebytes 3.0 will nearly always beat any free program, or any single third party antivirus suite without Malwarebytes 3.0. I personally run Kaspersky Internet Security 2017, with Malwarebytes 3.0, and have Windows Defender set to periodic scanning.

People do say don't have multiple antivirus suites, and this is true, but bear in mind Malwarebytes is not an AV suite. It is antimalware, antiexploit, and anti-ransomware.

Windows Defender periodic scanning is also designed to run alongside other AV suites for the record.

In terms of best free AV suite, many say Avast is the best available at the moment for protection, however it can hamper performance quite a lot. AVG is still pretty good, but it isn't as good at protection. It does however not hamper performance compared to Avast.

In short, Microsoft is pretty good, and there are good free options, AVG being the best probably, but nothing will beat a paid suite. My recommendations for paid suites would be Kaspersky, BitDefender, then Avira, in that order.
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Re: AVG versus MSE
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 12:33:38 PM »

I use Avast and Malwarebytes. I've never had a problem with them. Also with avast they have a forum that you can make threads and people actually working on Avast reply.

One thing to take note of is that AVG was bought out by Avast. https://press.avast.com/avast-announces-agreement-to-acquire-avg-for-13b So AVG might be disappearing from the market soon.
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Re: AVG versus MSE
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 06:11:55 PM »

Second that for Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 (comes free with Barclays Bank current account) had Bullguard before, but kept getting reregister box popping up >:D
Have you tried Open Office Draw for creating / opening Publisher files ;)
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Re: AVG versus MSE
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 07:07:58 AM »

A third party antivirus suite partnered with Malwarebytes 3.0 will nearly always beat any free program, or any single third party antivirus suite without Malwarebytes 3.0. I personally run Kaspersky Internet Security 2017, with Malwarebytes 3.0, and have Windows Defender set to periodic scanning.

Malwarebytes v3....eeurrrgghhh no thanks. Whilst I had it running with ESET Smart Security without any conflicts, I found it was a big CPU & memory hog on my Thinkpad notebook running Windows 7 (x64). In idle state, ESET was using ~ 40 mb of system memory yet MB was using ~ 300mb with the notebook fan constantly whirring!! This was causing my laptop battery to die an hour or two earlier so got rid of MB and my laptop battery life went back up to 6 hrs. Apparently high memory usage of MB v3 is a normal phenomenon even though loads of people are complaining about it on their forums. IMHO Malwarebytes v3 is 'malware' in itself and should not be used if you're after a bloat-free security solution.
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tonyappuk

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Re: AVG versus MSE
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2017, 10:49:40 AM »

Update.
I have installed MSE and so far so good. I removed AVG Free but I had to use Revo to get rid of it entirely.
I haven't tried Open Office for creating Publisher files - I thought it could only open them. I only use Malwarebytes as necessary and uninstall it after use. Thanks for all the helpful comments.
Tony
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Re: AVG versus MSE
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 10:59:46 AM »

I'm using ESET and so far I have no complaints about it.
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