128711: Has anyone heard of "Microsoft Nework Security"

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The tech I called for help with my Avira installation, after examining my computer, found 5 things wrong with it.

Tons and tons of Error Messages, Warnings, at the Event Viewer. (like over 7,000.)

According to him, Avira, is not "comaptible with Windows", because it wasn't made by Microsoft. MNS, on the other hand, is made by MS, so it's designed to work with windows, and it will take care of all the errors, he mentioned to me, not all of them are listed here.

All for the low price, of $249.99. (one time payment. ) Here's the thing, Once he'd install that, he'd uninstall, Avira, and Malwarebytes. He also said there was a difference between the trial version of Malwarebytes, and the paid version. The trial version is the paid version for 30 days, not that I told him that, but I should have...

I can't find any informantion on "Microsoft Network Security" on the internet.

So what do you think?

Thanks in advance,

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Your tech sounds like he's trying to screw you.  So what if Microsoft didn't build it - Microsoft didn't build Acronis, or Adobe, or iTunes, or blah, blah, blah.  Avira is a Windows app and is supported on Windows just fine.  

What errors are showing up excactly.  You could have issues with your OS, or they may be warnings you can ignore - messages in logs don't always mean there's something catastrophic.  Is your version of Avira causing you issues?  If not, it's fine as long as it is running and able to update with the latest definitions.

There's nothing wrong with using Malwarebytes free.  The free version just does not do realtime scanning - you must run scans manually after the trial period so there is no realtime protection.  In some instances, you may not want to have multiple security programs running at the same time though - they may detect each other as a conflicting app and try to cancel each other out (block what the other is trying to do to protect you because it thinks the other one is trying to do somethign bad). 

Use the free version of malwarebytes in conjunction with Windows free version of Windows Defender, which is part of 8.1 and 10 and can be downloaded as an add-on for free for Windows 7 as part of Windows Security Essentials - direct link from Microsoft:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14210/security-essentials-download and that should be good for most people - this is my base setup at home and it's cheap and good.

I would not pay $250 for Avira or any security software.  For $60 you can get a 2 year subscription of malwarebytes with full protection - a far cry from $250 for Avira and it would probably serve you better.  I run malwarebytes and Windows defender in conjunction with each other and it has served me well.  I'm lucky enough to have the original lifetime malwarebytes license before it became subscription based, but it's one of the softwares I would not mind paying for.

If you have Comcast, you can get McAfee for free from them - your ISP (if not Comcast), may offer somethign for free as well. Honestly though, Windows Defender with malwarey bytes (especially if you spring for the full vesion), is plenty good. 

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Thanks Bobbo, I'll look into it.

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