How To Temporarily Disable Microsoft Security Essentials
Written by Alan Friday, 21 January 2011 12:00
The first thing you should know about disabling your antivirus program is that it’s a very bad idea. If you think you need to do it then sit back and think about it first and then investigate exactly why you are doing it. Having said that, yes, I know there are times when it becomes necessary. Those times are few and far between, but they do occur. Usually it’s a program you are trying to install that prompts you to do it, but that is becoming rarer all of the time. When a program asks then you need to be on alert and investigate that program to make sure it’s legitimate.
So, with all of that said, here’s how to temporarily disable Microsoft Security Essentials.
1. The first thing you will notice is that MSE doesn’t disable or exit like most programs in your system tray. If you right-click on it you only get an Open option, not an exit one. Go ahead and click Open.
2. Click on the Settings tab at the the top and then click Real-time protection in the left column.
3. Now simply uncheck the box next to Turn on real-time protection (Recommended).
The last and most important thing you need to do is to re-enable your antivirus program as quickly as possible and then breathe a sigh of relief.