Microsoft Security Essentials automatically installed/ran itself during our last Windows update. How can I turn it off?
- I don't want to uninstall it.
- I don't want it to run during startup.
- I don't want it in the tool tray.
- I don't want it getting our updates.
- I don't want it telling me it is off and that the machine is at risk.
If I uninstall it... I might need it someday. Beside MS will constantly try to re-install it like they did today.
Why do I want this "behavior"? Because I own my computer... and I don't want it running things at start-up unless I want them. (I already have several MUCH better anti-virus tools.)
Installed but non-running antivirus software is not healthy for the computers or for the software.
Huh? I do it with MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware and many other anti-virus software, all the time. I just do NOT need (countless) "always run at start-up" programs. (I already have ONE anti-virus for that... I don't need 5 conflicting ones.) I use these tools for on-demand, single-file (or system wide) scans. NOT for run-5-different-programs-24-hours-per-day purposes.
I thought that was my MSE had a "turn off real-time" and "only launch when need contextMenu". (But it still runs at ever launch.) I guess I was expecting a simple "launch at startup" checkBox, like countless other prgs have.
Please trust me. I've worked all levels of IT support for over 10 years now and I can tell you, either you have AV software or you don't
Please don't be offened... but countless people do single-file-scans.... and system-wide-scans instead of run-at-all-time methods. (You really only need ONE run-at-all-time antivirus. But you can have MANY scan-on-demand tools.)