Questions tagged [ms-security-essentials]

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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Making MsMpEng.exe disk access be nice

MsMpEng.exe disk accesses are making my system unusable. Since this process is critical for system security, it is unreasonable to disable it. Moreover, as it is provided by the OS vendor, and ...
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MobSF Unhandled Exception, System.InvalidOperationException while analyzing .appx file

I've implemented MobSF for security testing of mobile applications including android and windows mobile applications. It's working fine with .apk files but I'm facing an issue while analyzing .appx ...
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System Error 5 even as Administrator

I'm having some problems** with Microsoft Security Essentials on my Windows 7 machine. I'm therefore following the guide on this page to uninstall it. I get to the second heading under Step 2 ("Stop ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials - Log indicates it keeps crashing

I started up my PC/Windows 7 64-bit tonight and since then Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) seems to keep crashing. I uninstalled MSE then re-installed it, but still the same issue. Each time MSE ...
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Non-free MalwareBytes & SpybotS&D vs. Microsoft Security Essentials

After years of benefiting from the free versions of MalwareBytes and SpyBot S&D, it's time I contributed a paltry sum to them by buying their home versions (and it is home where I use them). ...
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Is Microsoft Security Essentials virus scan smart enough to scan different files when stopped and restarted?

If Microsoft Security Essentials is in the middle of a virus scan, and the user stops it, and later Microsoft Security Essentials starts another virus scan, will it scan the files in the same order as ...
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How to install Windows Defender on slipstreamed Windows 10?

Some guys did an excellent job at slipstreaming an .iso file of Windows 10 See download link on MajorGeeks: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_10_bloatware_free_edition.html Question is, ...
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How to patch a Windows 7 machine to fix recent Security Essentials exploit? [duplicate]

I have a Windows 7 machine, and I have it set to only manually allow updates from Windows update There is this exploit that needs to be patched. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/...
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weekly burst of smbd process_usershare_file errors: from where?

For the past few weeks, every Monday morning between about 6:30 and 7:45, in a burst lasting less than a second, my Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS fileserver logs a spate of errors from smbd. ../source3/param/...
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Stop Microsoft Security Essentials from continually asking to send a file

I use the cool Console Emulator project https://conemu.github.io/ to do console work on Windows when I'm developing. Over the past week, Security Essentials has asked several times a day if it can ...
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Security Essentials: restore a quarantined file to a different location?

I have a file that Security Essentials quarantined "on sight" that I want to restore to perform some further analysis on. However, the file was stored on my NAS server. This means I had accessed the ...
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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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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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Certain downloaded files take minutes to become usable

I'm on Windows 8.1 Pro, but this problem also happens on my W7 Premium computer. I sometimes download files but am unable to use them for 2-3 minutes after they've been downloaded. It happens ...
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Scan a single file using MSSE

I would like to be able to scan a single file using the command prompt on my Windows PC. I am using MSSE. The documents show that it supports the command line interface but, it would appear as if it ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials quarantine location

Security Essentials has quarantined a file i need, it says it cannot restore it. Where does Security Essentials store its quarantined files? I have searched and cannot find its location. Windows ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials expired

I use MS Security Essentials on my Windows 7 x64. I've been using it for years and since a few days now it does not update the definition files. I tried to do it manually, and I get the following ...
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Unable to reinstall MSE or Forefront Protection on Windows 7 x86_64

One of the administrators in our company has recently had a trojan (Upatre.A), they managed to detect this with Microsoft Security Essentials and it told us it was removed. She continued to report her ...
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Make Microsoft Security Essentials ignore items in shadow copy

On my computer are some programs that I have written and compiled, but MSE kept finding them and was always wanting to quarantine them, so I added my dev directory to the ignore list. That's fine. ...
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How do I prevent Microsoft Security Essentials from warning me about recent scans?

I use my computer daily, and scan at the start of each month. Though perhaps it's foolish of me to do so, I am confident enough in my immediate recognition of my computers' behaviour, and the ...
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How to delete security.config.cch?

I have this file in my profile on a windows7. It seems some type of a security policy config of a dotnet process. I want to make a copy from that and then delete it. But I can't do anything with him, ...
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Is there a way to disable MsMpEng.exe from monitoring file access during parallel computing operations? [duplicate]

I am using Windows 7 and have a 4-core Intel CPU, and was recently running a 4-kernel parallel computation written in Wolfram Mathematica that accesses a directory on an external hard drive containing ...
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Prevent Security Essentials from creating a system restore point before definition update?

It is really annoying (and baffling) that Security Essentials always creates a system restore point before updating its definitions. There is no good reason to do this and creating a 2GB restore point ...
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Force Uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection 11?

Symantec Endpoint Protection 11 blue-screen-of-deathed my computer. I was unable remove S.E.P. (Symantec Endpoint Protection) while booted in safe mode so I simply disabled all related services, and ...
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Disable the Security Essentials End-of-Life Warning on Windows XP

Is it possible to disable the "Support for this operating system is ending" warning that the current version of Microsoft Security Essentials displays on Windows XP? Based on a quick couple of ...
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In Microsoft Security Essentials how do you see the location of the detected threat?

MSE pops up saying the detected item, alert level, status and recommended action but doesn't say where the detected item is located. How do you find out? For example if it's in something I just ...
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Getting Microsoft Security Essentials to alert me when a threat has been found

Is there a way of getting Microsoft Security Essentials to alert me when a threat has been found? I recently went through the log tab of Windows Defender and found a number of threats in the ...
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Windows 7 Can't uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials

to describe the problem as simple as possible, the company edition of Microsoft's Security Essentials called "System Center Endpoint Protection" is installed on my private computer and despite me ...
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In Security Essentials, how do I enable scanning of files previously restored from quarantine?

I had infected .htm files on a web server. I wanted to see the text of one of the files, so I could see the malicious code myself. However, whenever I would download one of the .htm files to my ...
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Security Essentials scheduled scan less often than weekly

Is it possible to schedule Microsoft Security Essentials to do a scan less often than once per week? This is not officially supported through the UI (it only offers day of the week selection), but is ...
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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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Why does context menu sporadically open behind taskbar?

Sometimes when I'm using Windows, it will go weird—when I try to change window using the taskbar it won't work but the taskbar will flash yellow. Windows will stay weird until I restart (or log off). ...
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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 scanning ...
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How do you exclude a file from MSE?

Microsoft Security Essentials has decided that a vbs script I wrote is a vbs/genmalone virus. How can I exclude that file from MSE without excluding everything in its folder or excluding all vbs files?...
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How long should I wait for a virus to be removed before attempting to shut the process down and try again? [closed]

After a 7 hour scan of over 200GB of backed up information on my external hard drive MSE found a single virus Win32/cmdow.A within a rar installer of an open source expansion of a game .. and it has ...
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Disable MsMpSvc from command line

Quite simply I'm looking for a way to disable Microsoft's security essentials service from the command line, you used to be able to run the command (as admin) net stop MsMpSvc but that was somehow ...
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Is it possible that update of (MS) security essentials is blocking ports while updating?

Seem to have encountered an issue that I can't really resolve. I have a client trying to write to a stream on port 4530. This is a system running constantly, and when I got back to work monday ...
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How keep MSE from causing automatic backups to fail?

I have Windows 7's Backup configured to run every day at midnight. When it runs per this schedule, no UI pops up. It just runs. I'm also using Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). From time to ...
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Windows Security-Center service always disabled and Microsoft Security Essentials won't start [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC? I'm not sure if I'm having some kind of infection on my mother's client. When I logged in I ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials is not genuine now

I installed MSE on several machines months ago, and these are legit systems with legit keys. However, as of today MSE is complaining. Windows did not pass genuine validation. Security Essentials ...
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microsft security essentials last update definition time is messed up

It's been a while since my laptop lost track of time. I've been living with it so far, and I've developed a simple script to update computer time using an script every minute. But the problem is MSE ...
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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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Security Essentials Update Script

Is there a way to write a batch file to automatically update Microsoft security essentials for Windows 7? If so, could you please help me write it?
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Error activating Microsoft Security Essentials

I'm installing MSE on a XP Professional SP3 PC. After the initial install and update, an error pops up: Microsoft Security Essentials cannot start real-time protection This operation has been ...
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Twin problems with Chrome and Microsoft Security Essentials

Woke up today and am getting this error from gmail: The webpage at https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/...
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How do I virus scan an individual file under Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add the Windows defender into Windows Explorer’s right click menu to scan a particular drive/folder/file on demand? From what I understand, Windows 8's version of ...
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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 http://computersight.com/software/how-...
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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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Stopping Microsoft Security Essentials

This used to work. However after a recent Windows Update it is no longer possible neither to use net stop command nor the services applet to stop this service. It also seems not possible to use ...
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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 ...