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Preventing the Microsoft Antimalware Service to start automatically

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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
    • Changed type balubeto Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:28 PM
    • Edited by balubeto Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:34 PM
    • Changed type balubeto Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:50 PM
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 4:43 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

     

    :)

    • Proposed as answer by 1nd1g0 Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:26 PM
    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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • THIS is exactly what I want to do.

    BUT, it doesn't work! I keep getting Access Denied. which is odd, as I am the administrator, part of the administrators group, and there are no other users on this win7 machine.

    so if admin and admins are not allowed to stop this service, who can?


    If I am all here, does that mean I am not all there?

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:30 AM

  • 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.


    Duh, the Control Panel on Microsoft Security Essentials, not Windows Control Panel!

    VidiaTrav gave the best answer in my opinion.

    No mucking about, simple and easily done!

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:24 PM
  • From the Command Prompt, what would be the proper procedure to prevent the Microsoft Antimalware Service (the latest version) to start automatically during startup of Windows 7 SP1?

    Thanks

    Bye


    Balubeto


    • Edited by balubeto Friday, October 24, 2014 5:21 PM
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:07 PM
  • I am waiting for your answer.

    Thanks

    Bye


    Balubeto


    • Edited by balubeto Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:22 PM
    Friday, October 24, 2014 5:41 PM
  • hello,

    check task scheduler and go to microsoft then go to windows defender this task triggered  for check your windows if you stop this task wd can not run automatically when your windows run!!!

    Friday, October 24, 2014 5:53 PM
  • hello,

    check task scheduler and go to microsoft then go to windows defender this task triggered  for check your windows if you stop this task wd can not run automatically when your windows run!!!

    There is no task.

    Thanks

    Bye


    Balubeto

    Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:21 PM
  • To try to disable MSE when Windows starts, I created this bat file:

    @echo off
    taskkill /im msseces.exe /f /t
    taskkill /im MsMpEng.exe /f /t
    net stop MsMpSvc
    sc config "MsMpSvc" start= disabled

    Next, I created a scheduled task

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
    <Task version="1.3" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/windows/2004/02/mit/task">
      <RegistrationInfo>
        <Date>2014-10-26T11:08:46.4219135</Date>
        <Author>Pippo\Balubeto</Author>
      </RegistrationInfo>
      <Triggers>
        <BootTrigger>
          <Enabled>true</Enabled>
        </BootTrigger>
      </Triggers>
      <Principals>
        <Principal id="Author">
          <UserId>S-1-5-18</UserId>
          <RunLevel>HighestAvailable</RunLevel>
        </Principal>
      </Principals>
      <Settings>
        <MultipleInstancesPolicy>IgnoreNew</MultipleInstancesPolicy>
        <DisallowStartIfOnBatteries>false</DisallowStartIfOnBatteries>
        <StopIfGoingOnBatteries>true</StopIfGoingOnBatteries>
        <AllowHardTerminate>true</AllowHardTerminate>
        <StartWhenAvailable>false</StartWhenAvailable>
        <RunOnlyIfNetworkAvailable>false</RunOnlyIfNetworkAvailable>
        <IdleSettings>
          <StopOnIdleEnd>true</StopOnIdleEnd>
          <RestartOnIdle>false</RestartOnIdle>
        </IdleSettings>
        <AllowStartOnDemand>true</AllowStartOnDemand>
        <Enabled>true</Enabled>
        <Hidden>false</Hidden>
        <RunOnlyIfIdle>false</RunOnlyIfIdle>
        <DisallowStartOnRemoteAppSession>false</DisallowStartOnRemoteAppSession>
        <UseUnifiedSchedulingEngine>false</UseUnifiedSchedulingEngine>
        <WakeToRun>false</WakeToRun>
        <ExecutionTimeLimit>P3D</ExecutionTimeLimit>
        <Priority>7</Priority>
      </Settings>
      <Actions Context="Author">
        <Exec>
          <Command>D:\Users\Public\Documents\balubeto\MSE_disabled.bat</Command>
        </Exec>
      </Actions>
    </Task>

    so that it goes running with the System's rights when the system starts up.

    When, however, I rebooted the system, the MSE service is still active. How come?

    Where did I do wrong?

    Thanks

    Bye


    Balubeto


    • Edited by balubeto Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:30 AM
    Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:16 AM
  • Another duplicate of https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/ce3bb560-d5f9-43f7-b16b-85e90643cf13/disabling-the-latest-version-of-microsoft-security-essentials?forum=w7itprosecurity

    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) MS MVP-Windows Client since 2002 Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft

    Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:43 PM
  • hello again 

    just open task scheduler

    and go to microsoft ->windows defender see that task in all windows exist task for automatically run and scan windows

    Monday, October 27, 2014 6:39 PM
  • I guess I should be grateful for the random opportunities to edit (often over 100) tabs and bookmarks when I start work and feel most productive - half of which involve parsing acronyms and solutions to technical issues that have nothing to do with my job.

    To ease my frustration at not knowing how to scan when my pc is idle (i.e., efficiently), I adjusted scans to one per week (Tues) Just now! I just figured that out!

    Since it's an available option, I assume it's an acceptable solution. 

    But I'll be checking back in to find out why that's not a good idea! :)

    PS: Funnily enough, I'm a technical writer, but I write UI advocacy for institutions and processes, not programming or computer maintenance. Turns out, a lot of very smart people aren't super-skilled at communicating how to use the technologies they know and love so much.


    Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:03 PM
  • Chances are you are seeing the effects of an ongoing infection, one which most likely predates the install of Microsoft Security Essentials. See this previous, related discussion in the Consumer-specific forums.

    Source: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/ce3bb560-d5f9-43f7-b16b-85e90643cf13/disabling-the-latest-version-of-microsoft-security-essentials?forum=w7itprosecurity

    Related references may include:


    You will find Consumer support for Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in these forums: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/mse
    .



    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear) MS MVP-Windows Client since 2002 Disclaimer: MS MVPs neither represent nor work for Microsoft


    Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:28 PM