How to Protect Your Computer with Microsoft Security Essentials

By now, you should know that having an up-to-date antivirus program installed on your computer is an essential part of protecting your computer and data. There are many antivirus programs out there, and today we’ll be looking at Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). It’s one of the easiest to use antivirus programs because it checks for updates automatically a few times a day and doesn’t slow your PC down while it works. (And did we mention it’s free for Windows users?)

The first thing you must do is click the link to download Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s less than 15MB in size, so it should only take a few minutes to download. After you download it, run the installation program and follow the steps. If it asks you to reboot, go ahead and do it. (You may want to print this page before rebooting so that you have it available.)

After your computer reboots, open Microsoft Security Essentials using the Start menu. You should see a screen like this:

If you see green, your computer is protected. If you see yellow or red, then you must take action before your computer is protected. MSE will tell you why your computer is at risk and recommend what action to take.

If you see the option to Clean computer, then that’s usually the best route to take. That allows MSE to remove any threats it finds from your computer. If you want Microsoft Security Essentials to automatically clean threats for you, click the Settings tab and choose Default actions.

On the Home tab, select either the Quick or Full scan options and click Scan now. This tells MSE to scan your computer for viruses and threats. At anytime during a scan, you can close the window and MSE will continue to scan in the background.

By default, Microsoft Security Essentials schedules an automatic scan of your PC once a week, typically overnight. If you want to change this, open Microsoft Security Essentials and click the Settings tab. Look for Scheduled scan, where you’ll be able to change the day and time as well as the type of scan.

And that’s really all there is to it. While it’s not foolproof, MSE does a good job of protecting you from the majority of viruses found in the wild. If you happen to experience issues that MSE doesn’t detect, then you may need to call in a pro to help you remove undetected threats from your computer. Minneapolis-based OAC Technology has been assisting business with Virus Removal and Protection for over 10 years and is well-versed in detecting and eliminating threats. If you need help removing a virus from your computer or network, contact us today.

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