Installing Microsoft Security Essentials

February 28, 2010 at 06:29:26
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB

Iam in the process on installing Microsoft Security Essentials free anti-virus , I also have Windows Defender which I turned off real time protection for this installation . My ? is must I uninstall Windows Defender ? FYI O/S WindowsXP Pro SP3 MCE 2005 ! Any help with this process would be greatly appreciated .
THank You ,Nick

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February 28, 2010 at 07:02:42

Microsoft security Essentials has realtime protection against viruses and spyware this has taken over from Windows Defender, so yes you can uninstall Windows Defender.

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February 28, 2010 at 07:03:37

Even if you don't uninstall it, MSS disables Defender during the installation process.

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February 28, 2010 at 07:08:08

Windows Defender (WD) and Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) shouldn't be running at the same time. Since you are already running WD, MSE will turn it off for you and remove it before installing itself on your machine. Do not use the computer for any internet activities during this installation. For more official M$ information regarding WD & MSE, look HERE


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February 28, 2010 at 07:16:14

Wow three responses in a 6 minute period is better than one response and I am the third! I guess age is catching up with me. By the way, get the latest MSE Version 1 uploaded 2/26/10 by MS from THIS link. Make sure you select the 11mb mssefullinstall-x86fre-en-us-xp.exe file for your Windows XP.


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February 28, 2010 at 08:25:05

Hey, thank you to everyone with very fast response time who had some input on my ? reguarduing my install of MSE anti-virus app. ! Since I already downloaded and installed MSE ver 1.0.1661.0 which was bundled with Antimailware Client ver 2.0.6212.0 and it clearly stated it was for WinXP ! Sadly the download was not the size you referred to ,the download I installed was 8.61M.B. ! As on now my PC is updating the application virus definintions etc. Its taking a long time its been downloading for well over 2 hours and is still only 1/2 way complete ? Then again remember Iam still on a dial up ISP ,soon I will be getting DSL perhaps I should have waited till I had went ahead wit the DSL install. However my system was not protected from viruses since my Norton Security Suite subscription had expired. I had to decide between Avast ,AVG and MSE ,I chose MSE since it had a decent rating and was the smallest download out of those three !
Again Thank You ,Nick

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March 1, 2010 at 05:46:09

Just to let those interested know the Microsoft Essentials Anti-Virus app finished downloading and this morning for the first time I checked for updates to the virus definintions and it quickly updated the app for me ! So far so good ,the amount of apps running in the background since I uninstalled Norton Security Suite and installed Microsoft Essentials is a wondeful 10 app less deferance and I can even notice a better response time on my PC, its running smoother ! Thanks once again to all that had some input !
Take Care Nick

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