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Disabling Microsoft Security Essentials

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  • HI

    I installed Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

    How do I turn it off properly and to prevent that this program runs every time Windows 7 starts up?

    THANKS

    BYE


    Balubeto
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 4:43 PM

Answers

  • For that you need to disable the Start Up of MSE from the Start up List

    To stop Microsoft Security Essentials from Starting Up :

    Click Start ->  in Search programs and files type Msconfig and hit the Enter key ->
    In the System Configuration Window Click the Tab Start Up scroll down to the start up item Microsoft Security Client and Un-Check the entry -> Click Apply and close then restart the computer.

     

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    Thameem
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:31 PM

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  •  Microsoft Security Essentials should be able to start at start-up automatically to keep your computer protected in real time. Disabling Microsoft Security Essentials will risk the security of the computer .

    However, if you want to disable MSE from starting up follow the steps:

    Click Start ->  in Search programs and files type Services.msc and hit the Enter key ->
    In the Service window scroll down to the service Microsoft Antimalware Service and set the Startup Type to Manual or Disable . -> Click Apply and close open windows then restart the computer.

    To disable real-time protection only :

    Open MSE -> click Settings and under real-time protection -> uncheck the option Turn ON real-time protection

     

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    Thameem
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 5:09 PM
  •  Microsoft Security Essentials should be able to start at start-up automatically to keep your computer protected in real time. Disabling Microsoft Security Essentials will risk the security of the computer .

    However, if you want to disable MSE from starting up follow the steps:

    Click Start ->  in Search programs and files type Services.msc and hit the Enter key ->
    In the Service window scroll down to the service Microsoft Antimalware Service and set the Startup Type to Manual or Disable . -> Click Apply and close open windows then restart the computer.

    To disable real-time protection only :

    Open MSE -> click Settings and under real-time protection -> uncheck the option Turn ON real-time protection

     

     

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    Thameem


    I have tried to disable the Microsoft Antimalware Service service but the MSE starts disabled during the startup of Windows 7.

    While I wish that MSE does not run at all during the startup of Windows 7. So, how do I do this?

    THANKS

    BYE


    Balubeto
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 6:05 PM
  • For that you need to disable the Start Up of MSE from the Start up List

    To stop Microsoft Security Essentials from Starting Up :

    Click Start ->  in Search programs and files type Msconfig and hit the Enter key ->
    In the System Configuration Window Click the Tab Start Up scroll down to the start up item Microsoft Security Client and Un-Check the entry -> Click Apply and close then restart the computer.

     

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    Thameem
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:31 PM
  • On Sun, 6 Feb 2011 16:43:48 +0000, balubeto wrote:

    Iinstalled Microsoft Security Essentialson Windows 7 Ultimate64- bit.

    How do I turn it offproperlyand to prevent thatthis program runs everytime Windows 7 starts up?

    Why do you want to do this? You should always have your security
    software running all the time. Being without its protection needlessly
    exposes you to severe risk.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Monday, February 07, 2011 9:00 PM


  • On Sun, 6 Feb 2011 16:43:48 +0000, balubeto wrote:

    Iinstalled Microsoft Security Essentialson Windows 7 Ultimate64- bit.

    How do I turn it offproperlyand to prevent thatthis program runs everytime Windows 7 starts up?

    Why do you want to do this? You should always have your security
    software running all the time. Being without its protection needlessly
    exposes you to severe risk.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    There are many circumstances where such background services need to be disabled. I use my computer to record audio, and if this service is running it causes glitches in the audio, and sometimes contributes to crashes. Once I disabled the antimalware service, my problems with recording audio stopped. When I am not recording and working with internet applications, I turn it back on. Good software and good support should not assume that users need handholding with such things. It is inaccurate to say that disabling such a service causes needless and severe risk.
    • Proposed as answer by L Lembke Friday, July 15, 2011 7:37 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by L Lembke Friday, July 15, 2011 7:38 PM
    Friday, February 25, 2011 9:13 AM


  • On Sun, 6 Feb 2011 16:43:48 +0000, balubeto wrote:

    Iinstalled Microsoft Security Essentialson Windows 7 Ultimate64- bit.

    How do I turn it offproperlyand to prevent thatthis program runs everytime Windows 7 starts up?

    Why do you want to do this? You should always have your security
    software running all the time. Being without its protection needlessly
    exposes you to severe risk.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    There are many circumstances where such background services need to be disabled. I use my computer to record audio, and if this service is running it causes glitches in the audio, and sometimes contributes to crashes. Once I disabled the antimalware service, my problems with recording audio stopped. When I am not recording and working with internet applications, I turn it back on. Good software and good support should not assume that users need handholding with such things. It is inaccurate to say that disabling such a service causes needless and severe risk.


    Hello,

    It's true that there are obviously going to be instances where you will want to disable any type of real-time security software from time to time.
    Just remember to reactivate it once you're done with the task that needs to not be bothered during it's functioning.
    **You only want to do this sort of thing where you are only engaging in OFFLINE ONLY type activities.

    Otherwise, as Ken Blake above noted, you are only leaving yourself open to severe risk by leaving your 'shields down' all the time.

    With that said, what I find to be the easiest way to create an 'ON/OFF SWITCH', is to create a pair of batch (.bat) files on the desktop of whatever PC/Server this is running on.
    You can do this by right clicking on the desktop and selecting new and TEXT file, then renaming it to like 'MSEE Start.bat' and / or 'MSEE Stop.bat' and then right click and edit the file(s).

    **This assumes you already have file extentions visible, if not, you'll want to turn that on under file explorer / tools/folder options.
    Next, add the following contents to the STOP batch file:
    @echo off
    sc stop MsMpSvc
    Exit

    Next, add the following contents to the START batch file:
    @echo off
    sc start MsMpSvc
    Exit

    You'll know the STOP batch file worked when you see the BIG RED WARNING popup from it displayed.
    Of course, it turns GREEN again when you run the START batch file again.
    I leave a copy of these and other commonly used files on a centrally located server share for easy access and replication on any given PC/Server I'm at.

    Hope that helps  :D

    Lewis Lembke, Microsoft MCP

     

    • Proposed as answer by L Lembke Friday, July 15, 2011 7:41 PM
    Friday, July 15, 2011 7:41 PM
  • To disable Microsoft Security Essentials:

    Open the application (click the icon in the task-bar, find it from the start menu or navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe)

    From the control panel, go to the ‘Settings’ tab Un-tick the ‘Turn on real-time protection’ checkbox and Microsoft Security Essentials is now disabled

     

    :)

    Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:24 PM
  • Outstanding answer- didnt just answer the question but added further helpful advice-

     

    http://www.robvanderwoude.com/batchcommands.php

     

    this ppage has a list of bat files

    Saturday, September 24, 2011 3:51 PM
  • if security is affecting the sound recording, then a faster CPU might be needed, ideally once with lots of cores

    that and lots of RAM

     


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    Saturday, September 24, 2011 7:58 PM
  • A user's reasons for wanting to stop an application are their concern alone. The question is how does one stop Security Essentials from running, not should one do so.

    Thank you Lewis, for an answer that helps.

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011 8:15 AM
  • I should point out that MSE is not that demanding and I am using an Atom on my netbook and its never at issue.

     


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    Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:37 AM
  • I tried this under Windows XP and I did get the warning dialog box, but MSE continues to run because its icon is still in the task tray. How does one turn it off completely, i.e. kill the process?
    Sunday, April 08, 2012 3:38 PM
  • if you want to use another security program, simply uninstall MSE

    otherwise use MSE to secure you system, never run anything without security, the risks are too great


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    Sunday, April 08, 2012 3:44 PM
  • To disable Microsoft Security Essentials:

    Open the application (click the icon in the task-bar, find it from the start menu or navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe)

    From the control panel, go to the ‘Settings’ tab Un-tick the ‘Turn on real-time protection’ checkbox and Microsoft Security Essentials is now disabled

    1. Why do you suggest to open MSE from the task bar, and then go to the Control Panel?   

    2. From the program window, opened from the taskbar, I could not find a way to turn MSE off.   Please advise how to turn it off. 

    3. From the Control Panel,  there is no Settings tab, as far as I could see  (Win 7 Pro.)   Again, please advise how to turn MSE off.

    As far as why I want to turn MSE off, as some people seem interested in that, it's to allow a defragmentation program to run faster.       I do not want to disable MSE from starting at boot up.  In fact, I specifically want it to continue to start at boot up.   I just want to disable in the current session this one time.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:25 PM
  • There are a few reasons that one might want to disable this.

    1) there is other software doing the same thing

    2) troubleshooting performance/OS issues.

    I disagree about exposure to sever risk. when there is exposure. Compensating controls can be in place to limit risk.

    Friday, June 28, 2013 2:17 PM
  • There are a few reasons that one might want to disable this.

    1) there is other software doing the same thing

    2) troubleshooting performance/OS issues.

    I disagree about exposure to sever risk. when there is exposure. Compensating controls can be in place to limit risk.

    I have seen malware that disables major security tools, so I have developed more tools to protect my shop. 

    I assume the NSA, CIA, FSB, etc etc etc are all wanting to spy on my servers


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    Friday, June 28, 2013 4:15 PM
  • its very simple to disable mse. just rename it then restart and you r done
    Sunday, January 05, 2014 1:16 AM
  • I've been following this thread -- it's almost funny!  A simple request for turning off MSE results in warnings against doing so and almost useless, varied instructions in doing so.

    I also would like to shut down my MSE temporarily.  Should I only use MSCONFIG to do this??  If so, exactly what entries should I uncheck?  Or do I need to disable particular Services to do so?  Or both?

    It's a simple request.  And please, no more warnings!

    Thank you.

    Tuesday, February 04, 2014 3:09 PM
  • A user's reasons for wanting to stop an application are their concern alone. The question is how does one stop Security Essentials from running, not should one do so.

    Thank you Lewis, for an answer that helps.


    Exactly!!  After all the "valued" responses here, we're still uncertain of the simple process to shut of MSE.  And I thought lawyers were nebulous.
    Tuesday, February 04, 2014 3:13 PM
  • indeed a simple request for turning off MSE results in warnings against doing so or why not doing.

    everyone has his resume.

    no normal way to disable mse, but you can just rename it and restart the pc

    navgate to "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client" and rename the file "MsMpEng.exe" to whatever you want i would just add 1 like this MsMpEng1.exe

    then go to msconfig and remove the v from msseces. restart the PC  and your done.

    to enable it again just remove the 1 go to msconfig and add the v again

    Sunday, February 23, 2014 2:01 AM