Microsoft Security Essentials vs AVG
We will evaluate Microsoft Security Essentials vs AVG on four criteria: Installation, User Interface, Customer Support and Performance. It is necessary to mention that neither MSE nor AVG has a built-in firewall. They are both just anti-malware and do NOT offer protection against hackers. If you need the AVG firewall, you will have to purchase the AVG 9.0 Security Suite. You can also use a free firewall such as Comodo or Zonealarm. Please check our review of the top ten firewalls so you can select the best one for you. If you are using Windows Vista or Win7, you may also consider the Windows firewall.
Microsoft Security Essentials vs AVG – Installation
The free version of AVG is only 900 KB as it is a setup launcher. On the other hand, MSE gives you the entire installation. The download size of MSE is thus 4.8 MB. However, when it comes to installation, users experience delay in the installation of AVG as it is an online installation. The delay depends upon bandwidth and network congestion. There are no such factors when you are installing MSE as you have the entire installation package.
These factors come into play when MSE or, for that matter, any antivirus product updates its virus and spyware database after installation. In this criterion, MSE has the upper hand.
Microsoft Security Essentials vs AVG – User Interface
The user interface of AVG constantly reminds the user that they are using a free edition. Other than this drawback, AVG is much like MSE's interface. Both have a UI that is easy to understand and navigate.
Microsoft Security Essentials vs AVG – Customer Support
This is where the AVG free edition has a major drawback. There is no customer support for the free version of AVG. On the contrary, you have a good knowledgebase, MS Answers and even personal customer support (email, chat, and phone) for MSE.
Microsoft Security Essentials vs AVG – Performance
While MSE seems to take up more space in memory owing to the built-in Windows Defender, a background scan does not slow down your computer. The case is not same with the AVG free antivirus package. Check out our article for more details on AVG performance. In short, MSE offers 97 percent protection while AVG offers only 89 percent.
Microsoft Security Essentials Vs AVG – Conclusion
Considering all the above four criteria in this Microsoft Security Essentials comparison review, it is MSE that offers more compared to the AVG. Additionally, as the antivirus product is from the Microsoft brand, you can always expect improvements in the product.