46. Disable Microsoft Security Essentials (Temporarily)
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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 Select Open.
Fig: 46-1 Microsoft Security Essentials main interface window
- When the MSE main interface window opens, Click
the Settings tab.
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
- Microsoft Security Essentials has now been disabled.
- Remember to re-enable MSE as soon as you
have completed the task you originally disabled the application