Microsoft Security Essentials is Microsoft's free anti-virus offering.It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not on Windows 8, which has a built-in AV component.

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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 ...
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How do I install Windows Defender/MSE on Server 2012?

On earlier versions of Windows client and server you could install Microsoft Security Essentials, free antivirus from Microsoft. In Windows 8 client, it is integrated into Windows Defender. However, I ...
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Google Chrome detected as PWS:Win32/Zbot by MSE

Microsoft Security Essentials detected Google Chrome as a Password Stealer: PWS:Win32/Zbot Category: Password Stealer Description: This program is dangerous and captures user passwords. ...
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Remove the Microsoft Security Essentials icon

I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 for sometime now and so far I don't have a bad word to say about it. I would like to permanently remove the MSE icon from the task bar and ...
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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 ...
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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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Windows Security Center Service can't be started

Win 7 Home Prem 32-bit I recently had a trojan detection by MS Security Essentials which it caught and quarantined. I now get the following in the action center - The Windows Security Center Service ...
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How to disable/enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line?

I would like to know how to disable and enable Microsoft Security Essentials from the command line. This is a common procedure on build machines in order to speed-up the build process.
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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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Is there a way to disable the tray icon for Microsoft Security Essentials?

It's running in the background, and seems to be working fine, but is there a way to disable its system tray icon so I don't have to see it down there unless it's detecting something going awry?
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Windows Defender: Disable real time; keep scheduled and on demand scanning

I just upgraded to Win 10 (RTM build). I have disabled the built in AV's (Defender) real time protection because I do not run it, never did and have never gotten a virus (and I've had a computer for ...
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Will the mandatory update policy in windows 10 bring security issues?

Disclaimer: This question originated the following one: Can the mandatory update policy in windows 10 generate momentum/oportunity risk?; With the purpose to divide one broad question in two specific ...
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MsMpEng.exe (Windows Defender?) uses a lot of CPU at startup and runs two instances on a single core machine

I'm using Windows XP Professional SP2 on a single core AMD64 processor, and I've got two instances of MsMpEng.exe starting up when I start up and log in. They use 64MB and 32MB of ram and 140MB and ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials for a business

This is 2 questions really - Am I allowed to install Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 in a business of 200 - 300 users? Is Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 adequate protection (real-time scanning,...
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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 uninstalled themselves without me doing anything

I left my Windows 7 x64 PC to do a backup overnight and when I looked at it in the morning, there was a pop-up saying I should go online to find an antivirus and enable windows defender. Turned out ...
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MS Security Essentials does not update automatically

I've installed Microsoft Security Essentials and my Windows XP Professional SP3 and it does not seem to install update signatures multiple times a day as I'm used to from other virus scanning tools. ...
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MSE v2.0.657.0 (latest) install error 0x80070643

I am having tremendous issues installing the latest version of MSE. The error dialog I am getting during the installation can be observed on the following image: OS: Windows XP Home Edition SP3 ...
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should I install Microsofts free antivirus offering or just stay with AVG free [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Would Microsoft Security Essentials be adequate protection? Microsoft's free antivirus program, Security Essentials, became available for download from the company's website ...
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How to remove FBI Moneypak ransomware? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer is infected by a virus or a malware, what do I do now? My PC just recently got infected with FBI Moneypak ransomware. I'm using MS Security Essentials but it was ...