Posts Tagged ‘microsoft security essentials’

Survey Shows Most of You Opt to Pay for Your Security

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

This isn’t too surprising, but it is kind of surprising to see how many folks rely on free anti-virus solutions …

By the title above I did not mean to imply that people are pirating their anti-virus software. While some likely do, there is probably not much that could be worse than running a pirated copy of a program that is designed to protect you and actually trusting it to do so. No in fact, what I meant is that a recent survey shows that most people opt for paid solutions over free ones.

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20+ Programs that You Should Run Regularly on Your PC

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Although the author makes a good point and very many useful programs are discussed here, it almost makes PC maintenance sound like a full time job …

Many PC users do not think about maintenance as long as their system is running as intended. The issue here is that they might be able to resolve future issues, or mitigate them at least, if they would run a set of tools regularly on their PC. The following guide looks at some of the recommended programs – my recommendations – that should be run regularly on a PC. Not all are maintenance related though, you also find security and privacy programs in the list for instance.

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Use Exclusions when Antivirus Software is Slowing your PC

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Here’s a useful tip; especially if your brand new PC is running slower after installing antivirus programs …

It is essential to protect your PC with reliable antivirus software. The drawback to this is that it often slows the PC down. In some cases it does so significantly. Some antivirus software can be very thorough and scan “potential invaders” that are part of your normal applications. Many of these programs do not need to be scanned. This takes up processor memory and slows down all programs and applications in use. By customizing exceptions, you take away much of the slowing effect by allowing the antivirus program to know what it needs to scan and what it does not. This frees the processor for other tasks at hand.

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Disabling Microsoft SpyNet in Windows7

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

This looks like a helpful tip for those who are concerned with online privacy …

When Microsoft Security Essentials is installed on a computer with Windows 7, you automatically become a member of the Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Defender community and grant Microsoft the ability to automatically collaborate with the your computer through Microsoft SpyNet. It immediately creates a user membership which automatically tracks your activities and various threats that attack your computer. This enables SpyNet to get information about the actions taken to avoid becoming infected or for the removal of the malware.

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The 2010 Anti-Virus league tables are out!

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Kind of surprising that McCafee and Adaware didn’t make the list …

AV Test have now released the results of their 2010 best anti-virus for Windows 7.  The tests put each anti-virus package through a rigorous set of tests to determine not only how good they are at detecting and removing malware and viruses, but also how usable the software is…

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