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XP and MS security essentials?

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by mwagner2, May 15, 2011.

  1. mwagner2

    mwagner2 Guest

    On my laptop I have Windows XP. WIll Microsoft security essentials
    run on ti as an anti-virus program?
    Or I will happily consider other AV programs.
    mwagner2, May 15, 2011
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  2. mwagner2

    Pen Guest

    It works just fine on XP. I've put it on at least 4
    32 bit XP machines.
    Pen, May 15, 2011
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  3. mwagner2

    Cameo Guest

    If you can put up with the MsMpEng.exe malware protection program
    grabbing almost 100% of CPU time every so often.
    Cameo, May 15, 2011

  4. This got so bad on an old XP laptop of mine I un-installed it.
    Count de Monet, May 16, 2011
  5. mwagner2

    Bob Villa Guest

    My choice is Avast Free! (for 5 years).
    Bob Villa, May 16, 2011
  6. mwagner2

    AJL Guest

    On my hardware challenged XP netbook (EeePC 1000HD) MSSE ran fine but
    seemed to slow it down quite a bit. If your LT has decent specs it should
    work fine. If you change your mind after installation as I did it's very
    hard to get rid of. After messing around awhile I finally ended up doing a
    clean XP install.

    FWIW I didn't use any anti-virus software on that box before and none since
    and no problems in almost two years now...KOW...YMMV...
    AJL, May 17, 2011
  7. mwagner2

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Same with me. It would use 100% CPU for hours (or until I stopped it with
    Task Manager).

    I'm quite happy with the free version of Avast! It's light on resources and
    bandwidth when it updates and it hasn't let me down yet.

    "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
    monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
    into you." Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
    ~misfit~, May 18, 2011
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