MS Security Essentials and Windows Defender

Started Mar 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 4,938
Windows Defender auto updates and auto scans

skyglider wrote:

VirtualMirage wrote:

How do you have Windows Updates configured on your Windows machines? Auto, manual, scheduled date, disabled?

I want to say the definitions for MSE and WD get pulled through the built in Windows Update. If this is not set to automatic or set to something like "notify but don't install" or "disabled" then MSE and WD won't get their updates.

While I have had no issues with MSE and WD, they have worked great for me and my machines have been running clean, it is a bit annoying they don't use their own updating mechanism (relying on the Windows update to pull new definitions instead).

Interesting!  I always set Windows updates to no auto updates but notify me when updates are available. I hate it when auto updates is enabled and:

  1. It starts updating my PC when I do a shutdown for the night before going to sleep.  Then I have to wait until the updates are finished or leave my PC running all night.
  2. If an auto update affects something but I wasn't aware that the auto update happened, then it would be hard to determine what caused the problem.  OTOH, when I manually do Windows updates, if something goes wrong I might be able to attribute the problem to the last update.  (Though truthfully this problem hasn't happened that I recall)


Just to confirm what VirtualMirage wrote for users of Windows Defender (Win8), yes it appears that Windows Defender does not have an auto update procedure of its own and updates are only via the "Windows Update" procedure.  So if "Windows Updates" are not set to automatic, then WD will not be updated automatically. ..... Regarding WD auto scans, I still haven't found a way to do auto scans.  (I have Win8 + WD on my laptop)

I removed MSE from my Win7 tower and am currently running Comodo, so I can't verify auto updates for MSE, but as noted previously, MSE does have an auto scan setting.


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