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In Microsoft Security Essentials, I used to disable "Monitor file and program activity on your computer" but enable "Scan all downloads." Now, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSSE) 4.0 removed the ability to configure sub-options of real-time monitoring. (See complaints about the beta on Microsoft Answers.) Is there a way to eliminate the local file and program activity? I've looked on Google, in Local Group Policy, and the Registry, yet didn't find anything.

I use Firefox 13.0.1. One option is to start using the Download Statusbar add-on again, which in the past allowed me to manually specify a virus scanning program, but I'd rather set this up strictly in MSE if I can.

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That is dumb, the file you downloaded could be an virus that has been encrypted and it decrypts during run time, you must scan all the file and program activities also. – HackToHell Jul 12 '12 at 16:17
@HackToHell: actually it's not at all dumb, but yes it will be less secure. Still keep in mind that no AV will protect you from APTs. – 0xC0000022L Jul 12 '12 at 16:34
Just turn real-time protection off and leave scan downloads turned-on. – martineau Jul 12 '12 at 16:47
@martineau: My question exactly is how do I do that? Microsoft removed the obvious option to do so. – Michael Hoffman Jul 12 '12 at 16:54
Sorry, I should have said turn real-time protection off in MSE and make sure is set to true in Firefox's about:config settings. See – martineau Jul 12 '12 at 17:17

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