Definition Of Microsoft Security Essentials And Features.

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Hello experts, I was curious to know what is exactly meant by Microsoft Security Essentials and what are the trouble shooting can be used while updating.

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Definition Of Microsoft Security Essentials And Features.


It provides real time protection to your home or small PC business. It prevents from virus, spyware and other malicious software.

It runs quietly and efficiently in the background, so you are free to use your windows based PC.

It is free to download from Microsoft and very easy to install.

There are three versions till now of Microsoft Security Essential:
1. Version 2.0
2. Version 4.0
3. Version 4.5

Trouble shooting guideline for automatic updating problem:

1. Internet Explorer settings should rearrange.

2. Set Internet Explorer as the default browser.

3. The date and time should be correct.

4. Change the name of Software Distribution folder.

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Definition Of Microsoft Security Essentials And Features.


MSE or Microsoft Security Essentials is an antivirus software developed by Microsoft that provides protection against various malicious software like Trojan horses, spyware, viruses, and rootkits. Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 and earlier works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 but not on Windows 8 and later because it already has its own security subsystem or antivirus component called Windows Defender.

The succeeding version, Microsoft Security Essentials 4.5, does not support Windows XP. When a problem or threat is detected, Microsoft Security Essentials automatically blocks it then alerts the user. You can also use it to scan your files and folders manually or even the entire computer. Microsoft Security Essentials is free for home and small businesses with up to ten computers.

Because of the popularity of Microsoft Security Essentials, it led to its name getting abused resulting to the appearance of a malware that uses its name. A rogue security package called “Security Essentials 2010” appeared on the internet in February 2010. Microsoft designated it as “TrojanDownloader:Win32/Fakeinit” which bears no visual resemblance of Microsoft Security Essentials.

In November 2010, it appeared again and this time it called itself as “Microsoft Security Essentials 2011.”

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