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Will Microsoft's antivirus have issues with Google's Chrome

by annienme / April 5, 2015 5:50 PM PDT

My Norton antivirus program is about to expire and I was going to switch to Microsoft Antivirus, but will it have issues with Google's Chrome Browser instead of Internet Explorer as a browser?
Have been using Norton with no problems until recently when I got a message to upgrade it. Doing so got me blue screen. Now I get a Norton message that my Chrome Browser is not protected and to install Norton Chrome extensions. So it seems Norton has a problem with Chrome also.

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Re: antivirus
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 5, 2015 6:06 PM PDT

First a warning: Microsoft Defender is rated very low. See the pic with the red bars in http://www.zdnet.com/article/antivirus-on-windows-88-1-compared/. If you want it free, avast, avira or avg are far better choices.

Most antivirus programs now come with a module that in some way check the links shown by a search engine or the links that you click against their database before you actually load them to minimise the risk of going to unsafe sites. If they don't have, they still should check the stuff coming from that site when you really load it. I thnk that the Norton message relates to some pro-active feature like that.
People here quite often use WOT as their reputability checker.


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Following up Microsoft/Norton antivirus questions
by annienme / April 5, 2015 6:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: antivirus

Thank you very much for your speedy help! The Microsoft program I was considering was "Security Essentials" - is that the same as "Defender"? I do appreciate your guidance. If you feel that Norton is a safer program then by all means I will stick with it. I am running Windows 7. Thank you again - I look forward to your reply.

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Re: antivirus
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 5, 2015 6:44 PM PDT
http://blogs.microsoft.com/cybertrust/2013/11/14/windows-defender-and-microsoft-security-essentials-which-one-do-i-need/ tells the details about these products. As usually, Microsoft manages to name and rename its services in ways that are uncomprehensible to most of us. But the negative reviews, I'm afradi, are about both.

And, if you happen to have Windows XP, you have to know that Microsoft will end updating MSE for that OS on July 15.

At work, we're using McAfee. At home, I use Avast for Windows 7 and Avira for Windows XP. And, if fact, your pruident surfing and download behaviour, and your knowing to not click on suspect links in (phishing) e-mails are best protection. But I just said I couldn't advice using MSE.

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by annienme / April 5, 2015 6:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: antivirus

Thank you very much, I will stay away from Microsoft, and go with one of the other programs you mentioned, and now my hopefully last question on this is do I need to remove Norton from my computer or does the new program do that?

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Microsoft Security Essentials
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 5, 2015 6:47 PM PDT

Effectively Microsoft Security Essentials is just a beefed up version of Windows Defender.

Have a look at 2 reviews;


The article above is dated 2013 and you will see that they say "Now, Microsoft is advising Windows users to use a third-party antivirus instead." Make of that what you will.


The Experts Review article doesn't totally condemn MSE, but even so it does give it a low rating.

I agree with Kees and recommend one of the other free versions he suggested.

The Google Chrome browser is just that, an internet browser, and has no special problems. Personally I would stay away from anti-virus options, (whichever anti-virus you choose), to "protect" your browsers. In my experience this tends to slow down browser performance somewhat as the AV scans every bit of data entering or leaving the browser.


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Microsoft Security Essentials
by annienme / April 6, 2015 2:18 AM PDT

Thank you very much, MarkFlax. It seemed so odd for Norton to suddenly be putting that message onto my monitor and I wondered if evening opening the message could be a virus.
When I recently accepting the "upgrade" offered by Norton, I failed to restart, and got a blue screen. I called Norton and their technician had me delete a Microsoft program, and now I have 618 MG in my "system error memory dump files" that I cannot remove.

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