I want to install Adobe Flash Player on my PC and the instructions are to temporarily disable my Anti-Virus software. How can I do this?
Make sure you're obtaining the Adobe Flash Player from an official source to rule out possible tampering by some sneaky SpyWare vendor or virus author. Since Adobe produces it, "adobe.com" is your best bet; here's the official download link:
When installing it, you should not be prompted to disable existing security software. I consider it to be a "big red flag" when software installers request that, for example, Anti-Virus software be shut down before-hand (and you should too).
I would personally ignore this instruction. It may make setup slightly faster, but you will open yourself up to possible attacks.
That being said, as you asked, open up Security Essentials and go to the
You can also go to the (Elevated) Command prompt and type:
to stop and