How to Disable Microsoft Security Essentials

Steps to turn off Microsoft Security Essentials.
by Updated June 24, 2010

At some point, you may need to disable Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in order to install other software.  To disable MSE follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Security Essentials
  2. Click on the Settings tab.
  3. In the left-hand menu, select Real-time protection, then uncheck Turn on real-time protection (recommend). 
  4. Then click Save changes button.



anonymous by bashta on 7/4/2010
thanks a lot, for this lecture
anonymous by Niko Atmadja on 2/23/2011
Thank you. I'm looking for that setting also.
anonymous by Frank on 2/26/2011
My Security Essentials window is not a tabbed interface, does not have a Settings tab. What up?
anonymous by xxx on 3/16/2011
thanks for not telling how to start MSE, really NOT useful at all....dont take things for granted
anonymous by Don on 11/10/2011
Thank you, great help.

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