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#1 philfil

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 05:28 AM

I have recently installed Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on Windows 7. To my surprise, I discovered that updates are delivered not just when requested via MSE but also as an optional update via Windows update. I have downloaded some through Windows update but that seemed to cause a few problems - Windows update stopped working (error code 80244019), for example. That probem has now been sorted out, but I still wonder why these MSE updates appear in Windows update as optional updates. Should one simply ignore them and download using MSE instead?



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 05:50 AM

That is normal. Windows will automatically download and install MSE updates once a day for you.

MSE (and Windows Defender) gets defintion updates via Windows Updates or by manually downloading the definitions. See the MSE Definitions/Signatures Update FAQ
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Posted 01 December 2015 - 05:55 AM

That is normal. Windows will automatically download and install MSE updates once a day for you.

 

Thank you. I am a little surprised that Windows will install them automatically as they are designated as "optional" updates. If it does do that however, I have no complaints.



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 06:22 AM

You're welcome.
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Posted 03 December 2015 - 11:17 AM

This is just an "update" on this topic:

 

On the user interface of MSE, it is stated that "definitions are updated automatically". However, having played around with it on Windows 7 for a short while, it appears that MSE is only updated automatically provided that Windows update is set to download and install updates automatically. It the Windows update is set to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" or "Never check for updates (not recommended)" then Security Essentials won't update automatically at all. I mention this as some people who use Microsoft Security Essentials might have Windows update disabled or partially enabled so as to avoid Windows 10 upgrade attempts. Under these circumstances, the user interface can indicate that it is up to date when it isn't.


Edited by philfil, 03 December 2015 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 03 December 2015 - 12:42 PM

Yes a lot of folks do choose the option to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them".
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