Originally Posted by pseudolobster
I'm reviving this dead thread, which has been answered long ago, only to mention that I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials for a little while now, and I have to say I'm really quite impressed.
I had really low hopes for any antivirus product made by MS, but I'm honestly blown away by how well MSSE performs. It's really light weight, it has an idiotproof interface, and so far it's been leaps and bounds better at detecting "fake antivirus" programs than any other tool. No other antivirus product I've tried has detected the packed installers for these fake AV programs. Out of the last 4 fakeav installers I've sent to virustotal.com, MSSE was the *only* program that detected *any* of them.
Best of all, it's completely free, for anyone who has a genuine copy of Windows. Only problem I have with it so far is that it gets its antivirus definitions through windows update, so if you normally have windowsupdate turned off, it'll turn it back on and set it to auto.
To be honest, I am quite impressed with it as well. 10X better than what I thought it would be, but I gues it makes since that it would be...after all, it's made by the people who made windows...LOL
Originally Posted by Tech_Junkie
Hmm never seen a fake AV before.
If you do any web surfing...especially for game cheats or hacks...you will come across one. It tries to act as if it was windows telling you that you need the scanner to protect your system, because a "Fake" virus was just detected. Trust me, it's bad stuff and It's a huge pain in the butt to get it off of your system.