How to Turn off MS Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-malware program created by Microsoft for use with the Windows operating system. Microsoft Security Essentials is designed to prevent malware, including Trojans, spyware, viruses and keyloggers, from infecting your computer system. Although Microsoft Security Essentials can help keep your computer safe and running smoothly, it also takes up valuable resources and may slow your boot time. Thus, you may want to turn off Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Microsoft Security Essentials can help prevent viruses that procure your financial information.

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Click "Start" and "Microsoft Security Essentials." The Microsoft Security Essentials program opens.

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Click the "Settings" tab and click "Real-time Protection" in the left pane.

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Uncheck the "Turn on Real-time Protection (Recommended)" box.

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Click "Save."