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Microsoft Security Essentials seems to allow only quarantine or delete actions for program that it deems to have "high" or "severe" risk.

However, it also assigns these levels to what it considers to be "hacking tools".

Is there a way to override this nanny behaviour and force programs on the allowed list?

Here's a screenshot showing the lack of an "Allow" option in the drop-down list:

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Not an answer to the question, but I found that if you quarantine it and then restore straight away, the file becomes unblocked. Having said that, this seems to suggest MSE is no better in terms of UI than all the other products... –  romkyns Nov 1 '12 at 10:00
    
Short answer: You don’t. –  kinokijuf Dec 12 '12 at 19:59

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  • When Security Essentials displays the notification, click the Show details link.
  • In the Potential threat details dialog box, select the program, click the down arrow in the Recommendation column, and then click Allow.
  • Click Apply actions. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or confirm the action.

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If no "Allow" option is available. Submit your file to Microsoft: Open MSE. To the right of MSE is a down pointer. CLick on that and select submit malicious sample, and fill in the form with the appropriate information.

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I have found no way to undo this allow action, I have done this for a file or two and can find no way to reverse this decision, it does not put it in the allow list either. –  Moab Jun 22 '11 at 15:08
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I would not be asking this question if "Allow" was on the list for such events –  Alex O Jun 23 '11 at 4:46
    
@Alex O the allow option should be in the drop down box which in the screenshot displays "Quarantine" –  admintech Jun 23 '11 at 7:49
    
Unfortunately, "Quarantine" is the only option in that dropdown. –  Alex O Jun 24 '11 at 4:28
    
If no "Allow" option is available. Submit your file to Microsoft: Open MSE. To the right of MSE is a down pointer. CLick on that and select submit malicious sample, and fill in the form with the appropriate information. –  admintech Jun 24 '11 at 7:43

If you change the default action of severe alert level to "Recommended action" it will allow you to allow the "threat".

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This doesn't work if MSE has already detected a "threat". It might work on new items, not sure yet. –  romkyns Nov 1 '12 at 9:57
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Reinstalling the program solved the issue.

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Which program? I tried re-installing MSE, but that hasn't changed anything. –  E M Oct 9 '13 at 16:34
    
Uninstalling completely then reinstalling worked for me. Don't really know what the problem was. –  Alex O Oct 9 '13 at 20:42

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