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What's the best way to switch Antivirus software? [closed]

I currently run Microsoft Security Essentials (or whatever it's called these days). Recent reports of MSE's effectiveness have left me feeling worried and paranoid about the safety of my system. It ...
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2answers
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Microsoft Security Essentials does not turn on at startup

Of late, MSE has stopped starting the real time protection on its own. I see the red icon in the tray. I tried to start the real time protection myself but I get an error code: 0x800705b4. I had a ...
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0answers
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Security Essentials (SE) hangs while scanning ProgramData folder

First I did a complete scan on C:\ and kept getting (after about 1.5M files scanned, which is at the end of the C:\ProgramData folder or the beginning of the C:\Recovery folder) Then, after ...
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1answer
103 views

Microsoft Security Essentials for small business

According to MSE licence "Microsoft Security Essentials can be used for small business up to 10 PC." But if my company has about 40 PC then what can i do? Can i have a option of purchasing MSE? Or is ...
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2answers
106 views

How do I remove a root kit from Windows XP? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I was looking for root kits following these instructions ...
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2answers
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Windows Defender vs. Security Essentials in Windows 8

What is the difference between Windows Defender on Windows 8 and Microsoft Security Essentials? They practically look alike, so is there a need to install Security Essentials?
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1answer
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How do I set Microsoft Security Essentials to prompt me on what to do when it detects a virus or malware?

How do I set MSE to prompt me on what to do when it detects a virus or malware? It seems that MSE's real-time protection only allows a default automated option when it detects a virus or malware. In ...
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2answers
630 views

Security Essentials not installing and I suspect my machine is infected with malware

My mouse seems to be automatically right-clicking every few seconds, and sometimes constantly. My cursor will abruptly become an hourglass for a moment every once in a while, as well. It happens in ...
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3answers
483 views

Can Microsoft Security Essentials Signature Update Notifications be Avoided?

I have my Windows Automatic Updates set to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.". However, if I install Microsoft Security Essentials, can I have the daily virus signatures ...
3
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4answers
847 views

Should I install Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 8 Developer Preview?

Does Windows 8 Developer Preview come pre-installed with anti-virus software? I'm testing Windows 8 on my laptop and it's running great; I just want to make sure it's secure. Should I install ...
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2answers
2k views

Security threat caused by Dropbox?

Recently I received a security threat alert triggered by Dropbox, as seen in the screenshot below: What happened here? Or this is a false alert from Microsoft Security Essentials?
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3answers
93 views

How do I detect bogus security alerts?

I've got a laptop from Toshiba, that came with or acquired a PC checker called "Toshiba laptop checker" or something like that. I also run MS Security Essentials on it. MSSE scans reveal no threats ...
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5answers
1k views

Multiple Antivirus Software

I installed Microsoft Security Essentials on my newly rebuilt laptop. When I was installing Adobe Acrobat Reader, it also installed McAfee Security Scan Plus - I did not see the option of not ...
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4answers
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Suggestions for cleaning up the mess after removing the “system tool” virus? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? Hi! Last night I got infected with the "System Tool" virus. For those who don't know it disallows the user ...
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How can I remove an allowed program from Microsoft Security Essentials

I was downloading a network packet sniffer when MSE properly warned me about it. I responded to allow the program, since I didn't want it quarantined or deleted. Now that I'm done with the sniffer ...
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6answers
871 views

How did my computer get compromised?

How is it possible that my up to date install of Windows 7 with UAC enabled and Microsoft Security Essentials running became compromised, seemingly in a website drive-by? I've run ostensibly the same ...
2
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3answers
1k views

Command line to UPGRADE Microsoft Security Essentials

I would like to know some command line code that will upGRADE Microsoft Security Essentials. There is code for upDATEing, but upGRADING is more elusive.
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1answer
350 views

Belarc Advisor (Store Passwords using Reversible Encryption)

I'm using Belarc Advisor to examine my PC. Part of BA is a security benchmark summary, which examines components of windows security and provides a benchmark rating. Two items are marked as Fail: - ...
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2answers
4k views

Difference between Malicious Software Removal Tool, WinDefender, Security Essentials?

What is the difference between these three products? Malicious Software Removal Tool Windows Defender Microsoft Security Essentials
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1answer
3k views

Microsoft Security Essentials: Does it scan emails?

I recently decided to see what life is like without Kaspersky Internet Security and have installed MSE. I'm concerned about receiving malware via SPAM etc. Does MSE scan emails and/or attachments? Is ...
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3answers
6k views

Microsoft Security Essentials: How to Disable the 'Real Time Protection Is Off' Warning?

I decided to disable the "real time protection feature" of MSE. Now I have this little annoying "feature", that MSE keeps me informed that I have disabled "real time protection": the little red ...
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1answer
27k views

Does Microsoft Security Essentials replace Windows Defender?

Does Microsoft Security Essentials replace Windows Defender?
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1k views

Is Microsoft Security Essentials a solid security suite [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would Microsoft Security Essentials be adequate protection? With the release of Microsoft's new Free security suite; Microsoft Security Essentials, the question has to be ...
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7k views

Would Microsoft Security Essentials be adequate protection? [closed]

Is Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) adequate protection for my computer? What is the experience with this product? I found out about a comparison of AV Suites. MSE did VERY well. One that I ...