MS Security Essentials turned my lightning computer into a snail

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Frisco, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    I already tried Spy-Bot, Ad-Aware and AVG.

    They used to be good, now they are spy-ware themselves. Getting all kinds of Yahoo tool bars installed.

    Is there any safe way to use Windows without it slowing down to a halt?

  2. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Do you have modern hardware? Is this a fresh install of Win 7 in bootcamp?

    If it is a VM i think VMs are simply slow.

    I use MSE on all my Win 7 installs (a dozen within the past few months) because I think it is light on resource usage. So, if you are using modern hardware, I suggest a fresh install of the OS, and after OS updates, install MSE. I have had no experience with slowdowns (like with symantec) so if you do, then open resource monitor and tell us exactly which program is being a resource (memory/cpu) hog.
  3. Azathoth macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2009
    Ive used MSE for a year on a 1.66GHz C2D Win7 machine. My father has been using it on his 900MHz Celeron. MSE is very transparent, the only time it loads the processor noticably is when it's doing an occasional scan.

    Check the Task Manager (show all processes) to see what's using resources.
  4. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I'm with the other folks on this one. I run it on my Win 7 machine with no problems. Yeah, it's got a good proc and a ton of RAM, but it is still barely noticeable. I also installed it on my mom's older WinXP PC and it didn't impact performance at all. In fact, I found it a bit less intrusive than the AVG free I had on it before.
  5. ashermechwel macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2010
    Yes i also use Microsoft Security Essentials. it gives you excellent performance and powerful security.and the great thing is its free to download and update.

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