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How to switch to Microsoft Security Essentials Anti-Virus

Most of my clients and friends want an Anti-Virus solution that’s simple and cheap, and I have found myself installing Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on more and more Windows systems.  It has a small footprint, doesn’t drain a lot of resources, and automatically updates.  It’s also free ;’)

Please note: MSE will not install unless you have a ‘valid’ copy of Windows (XP, Vista, 7 or 8).
Here’s the procedure I use in most circumstances:

Download install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and update it’s definitions. Then run a Quick Scan and follow the instructions for removal (IF any threats are found — if not, great, proceed…)
Screenshot of Anti-Malware


After finishing the above, download Microsoft Security Essentials, and remember where you saved it.  Optionally, for the paranoid: Once downloaded, you may disconnect yourself from the Internet. Technically, you will be exposed for a short time.


Now, uninstall your current Anti-Virus. You will probably have to re-boot to complete the removal.


As soon as the computer boots back up to the desktop, go to where you saved the MSE install file and execute it (double-click ;’).


Once finished (and updated), you should have a little green icon that looks a bit like a castle top with a banner flying: example of MSE icon


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5 comments on “How to switch to Microsoft Security Essentials Anti-Virus
  1. Nikhil says:

    Great Post, Thanks for sharing such a great information.

  2. Pellets says:

    I use Microsoft Security Essentials on all my pc. It’s a good anti virus !

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