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Removing MSE


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#1 Blnd_E

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 02:39 PM

I'm going to remove MSE & upload Bitdefender.

 

What is the best way to remove MSE so no traces are left behind?

  1. Uninstall with MSE?
  2. Uninstall with Add/Remove Programs list?
  3. Uninstall with REVO?
  4. Uninstall with MSE Removal Tool?  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/microsoft-security-essentials-removal-tool/

Is there anything I should do to prepare my system before I remove MSE?


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 03:30 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials should be removed via Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel. However, this method does not always work as intended especially if you did not stop and disable the MSE service and terminated msseces.exe in Task Manager or perform the removal in safe mode so there are less processes which can interfere with the uninstallation.

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 03:59 PM

To recap steps,

  1. Stop & Disable MSE Service
  2. Terminate MSSECES.EXE in Task Manager
  3. Remove Via Programs & Features > Add/Remove Programs

In general, should all Antiviruses be removed in SAFEMODE?



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 04:08 PM

In general, should all Antiviruses be removed in SAFEMODE?

Not really. Anti-vendors typically provide recommendations for how to remove their products and offer specialized removal tools for failed uninstalls. Some of those removal tools may be recommended to be run in safe mode.

However, I generally recommending stopping all related services first which makes removal go more smoothly.
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