46. Temporarily Disable Microsoft Security Essentials
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Microsoft Security Essential (MSE) is Microsoft's own
freeware security application which incorporates Anti Virus,
Firewall and Anti Malware application.
While it is not recommended that you actually disable MSE
per-se there maybe instances, such as when installing
certain software applications, that, before you can proceed,
the application you are in the process of installing may
request that you temporarily disable your anti virus
software. This then is the reason for adding these
particular instructions to the Windows 7 Frequently Asked
It should be noted that it is imperative that you
actually re-enable MSE as soon as you have completed the
task for which you originally disabled the application.
Permanently disabling MSE means that you will have
absolutely no Anti Virus cover on your machine.
Incidentally, it should also be noted that, if you
already have Anti Virus software installed on your PC
via a third party application, it is not wise to install two
Anti Virus applications. Running two Anti Virus applications
on the same PC could result in the two applications
conflicting with each other.
To temporarily disable MSE proceed as follows:
- Right click the MSE Icon in the notification area and
Fig: 46-1 Microsoft Security Essentials main interface
- When the MSE main interface window opens, Click the
Fig: 46-2 The Settings Window
- On the Left Hand side of the settings window, you will
see a list of options. From the list of Options, Click on
Real Time Protection.
- In the Real Time Protection window
remove the check mark (tick) from the box to the left of the
Turn On Real Time Protection.
- Finally, Click the Save
Changes button. Microsoft Security Essentials has now been
- Remember to re-enable MSE as soon as you have
completed the task you originally disabled the application