Miscrosoft Security Essentials or Avast

  Border View 10:22 31 Aug 2011

I recently got a new computer which runs with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit. Just discovered it has installed and is running Microsoft Security Essentials.

As a matter of course when I first got the computer I installed Avast as my antivirus; Super Antispyware and Spyware Blaster. Thought I would use Windows Defender as my firewall.

Having just discovered that I am also running MS Security Essentials it would appear I am running two anti virus programs which I always thought was a total no, no.

Need advice. Do I unistall Avast or MS Security Essentials? Or can I just leave them both to run?

Thank you.

  tullie 10:28 31 Aug 2011

I prefer Avast,others MSE,the choice is yours,but get rid of one of them.

  rdave13 10:33 31 Aug 2011

To get rid of Avast then search for the uninstaller tool from their site and follow instruction. I'm of the same opinion as Tullie and prefer Avast. Win 7 has it's own firewall, which I use, and Win Defender is an antimalware program not a firewall.

  Ventad 10:33 31 Aug 2011

I run MSE and Windows own fire wall on W7 laptop and a Vista Desk top they work fine. MSE updates sometimes can update 2-3 times a day. I have run other free programmes including avast and they sometimes either lock up occasionally or take time booting since runnining these no problem.

  Border View 10:35 31 Aug 2011

Think I shall uninstall MSE. I have used Avast for a long time now and am happy with it.

Thanks for responding.

  kdt 11:02 31 Aug 2011

64 bit w7 professsional works fine with mse. I got rid of mcafee.

  birdface 11:19 31 Aug 2011

Yes I would remove MSE and keep Avast.

Windows defender is not a Firewall.

I would also go into services and stop Windows defender from running as you have Superantispyware installed.

Windows own Firewall is good enough.

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