MS Security Essentials and Windows Defender

Started Mar 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
Rodolfo
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In reply to skyglider, Mar 23, 2013

I run MSE on a Win7 desktop and notebook, and I have the software icons and the state of the software showing on my taskbars: The icon appears green when it's current. When I right-click on the icon, I can open the program interface. The Update tab will show if you're up-to-date and allow you to update manually. Under the Settings tab, the left window shows what I can control, including whether I want real time protection and scheduled scans, among other things; this schedule category allows me to set several variables on the right window. I have it set to run daily at 12:30 on the desktop, and weekly on the notebook.

If yours is failing in any way, you may want to uninstall and re-install. Mine works flawlessly and I have one or another micro running most of the time. I run Windows update manually at the end of each month, and sometimes there are MSE components listed. Viruses are among the things in life I worry least and I have never checked on when or why they appear then, although I've guessed that their appearance depends on my update timing and/or scan schedules.

Here's the word on MSE: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-product-information#tabs1=overview

and here it is on WD for Win 8: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/windows-defender#1TC=t1

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