|I have the green (white ticked) MSE icon sitting next to the clock right now, as it is on two other computers here, including Windows 7. It works in real-time picking up anything nasty it finds when you are browsing. It is most definitely NOT a manual AV - that sort of AV hardly lasted into the Win 95 era.|
How to test MSE Real-Time Protection:
Any program that has its taskbar icon hidden "still runs quite normally in the background". I have never had to show the icon for MSE, it was there from first install.
If you turn off Real-Time Protection (in settings) the icon is still there but it goes from green to red as a warning that you are no longer protected.
MSE will allow you to turn off the scheduled scan if for some reason you don't want to use that feature. If you do so the icon remains green, showing that you are still protected in real-time. The Quick Scan is carried out automatically on first installation.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks