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Microsoft security essentials vs Avast! antivirus

Discussion in 'War Room' started by spleentechie, Jun 28, 2012.


Which is better Avast! antivirus or Microsoft security essentials

  1. Avast! 7 Free Antivirus

  2. Microsoft Security Essentials

  3. I have never used them

  4. None of the above(please explain with a comment)

  1. spleentechie

    spleentechie New Member

    Jun 25, 2012
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    One of these is the premiere free antivirus on the market and uses only two processes the other one is Microsoft's own antivirus solution with only one processes and a sleek UI this is a nice "newb AV"(My my bro still managed to download 6 droppers, the Conflicker, and the google redirect with it). LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!!
  2. Jack

    Jack Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 24, 2011
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    Easy choice here.......
    Both products have a good antivirus engine,however Avast does take the lead when it comes to additional layers of protection and ZERO day prevention capabilities. -

    Avast 7 Free comes with a site advisor (WebRep),a very strong Web Guard and other additional layers of protection.
    If we pair up the File Reputation System with its huge community and add the AutoSandbox feature than we can only have one winner.
    Microsoft Security Essentials has some good signatures ,however due to the dynamic way in which malware appears and spreads it's not very efficient in stopping very new infections.

    Long story short :
    Microsoft Security Essentials : Free antivirus with basic prevention layers
    Avast 7 Free : Free antivirus with 'premium' prevention layers.
  3. McLovin

    McLovin Active Member

    Apr 18, 2011
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    Avast has to be the easy choice you so much more for free. You get a web shield and sandbox and a File Reputation. All Microsoft Security Essentials has is the basics, AV protection, and slow updates.
  4. malwarekiller


    Mar 30, 2012
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    I cant remember...but somewhere i read that microsoft lately fired a lot of virus analysts team members from their lab and so they are no more good with 0-day malware as they were before...
  5. Morro

    Morro Regular Member

    Jul 8, 2012
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    I have used both in the past and both are very well made imho, but always felt that Avast gave better protection, due to the many ways it protects your system. ( As Jack pointed out. )
  6. malbky

    malbky Regular Member

    Jun 23, 2011
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    Hands down AVAST. Only AVG as a free AV can give it competition feature wise. Best option is AVAST +CIS Firewall+Traffic Light. System is secure
  7. Raul90

    Raul90 Regular Member

    Feb 5, 2012
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    It's been a while since I used AvastFree but I'd prefer them over MSE. I'd second malbky on that combo!
  8. Plexx

    Plexx Guest

    To be honest, Jack nailed it down. However from my personal experience, avast's sandbox can sometimes act differently than you would expect to.

    If we are to view as zero day protection, you have 2 decent choices (Comodo and Avast)
    If we are to view good av on detection and removal and light, we have Forticlient Lite, Avira
    MSE falls in the group where a normal user who doesnt have much risk would be fine.

    So my vote, 4th option for the reasons above mentioned.
  9. Huracan

    Huracan Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 8, 2011
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    I voted "None of the above", as Jack's post sums it up nicely.
  10. sahilwaste

    sahilwaste Regular Member

    Apr 24, 2012
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    my vote goes for avast, as Jack and McLovin already explained.

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