How Can I Disable Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows 7?
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus suite that provides real-time security against spyware, worms and other malware-related threats. Due to these periodic inspections on your computer, the program might try to remove an application which is, in fact, legitimate. Also known as a "false-positive alert," antivirus programs may not be able to distinguish harmless tools from malicious ones until their virus database has been updated. If you experience issues installing a certain utility, you may disable the antivirus' functions from your computer.
Disable Real-Time Protection
Launch Microsoft Security Essentials from its main desktop shortcut or its system tray icon at the bottom-right side of the Windows taskbar.
Go to the "Settings" tab. Click the "Real-time Protection" option from the left window pane.
Click to disable the "Turn On Real-time Protection (Recommended)" check box. Click "Save Changes" to disable real-time protection effectively.
Disable From System
Go to "Start." Point the mouse cursor over to the "Search" section. Type "Msconfig" and press "Enter."
Go to the "Services" field. Click to disable the "Microsoft Antimalware Service" entry, listed alphabetically among all other existing services.
Go to the "Startup" field. Click to disable the "Microsoft Security Client" entry.
Click "OK" to save all settings. Reboot your Windows 7 computer to allow such changes to take place.
Tips & Warnings
- To remove Security Essentials and all of its features completely, visit the Control Panel from your Start menu, and click "Programs and Features."
- Keep your antivirus program enabled to ensure your computer remains protected.