How can I get Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus security?

After another year of Norton 360, I got the stupid games of Symantec, tired of the ot, uninstalled and downloaded Microsoft Security Essentials.  I restarted my computer (Dell Dimension 8200 running Windows XP Pro 2002).  After that, I ran services.msc impatiently as my program of service to show that my antivirus security worked and I had nothing to fear.  Imgine my grief when my service center reported that my computer was always subject to viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other forms of malware.  I thought, perhaps, I had reduced the activity of some vital download too quickly and, therefore, have prevented a good download.  So I tried again, this time with a lot more patience...   This time, I received a message that the program was already on my computer, asking if I wanted to replace it with the new download.  Because the first time I acted in a hurry, I replied that I tried the second download try replacing the Lerna, this time with a lot more patience.  There is no apparent change that showed the Security Center: no protection against the virus.  How can I get Microsoft Security Essentials to act as my antivirus program and my Security Center to recognize it as such?


Hi David,

Glad to hear thiings are better. Do not forget to chek that MSE will automatically update the definitions that every 24-48 hours and regular tests are carried out. Also suggest that you go to settings > default Actions and change to quarantine all. don't forget to 'Save changes'. This is recommended to avoid problems such as potentially unwanted programs and the removal of the odd false positive.

You are definitely not alone in your skepticism about Norton and other paid for antimalware solutions.

Feel free to mark my initial response as response and/or useful.

Have a day without malware.

Kind regards



For more information on how to protect you and your computer, I refer you to the following:

Safety & Security Center

Virus and Security Center

Malware Protection Center

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