Microsoft’s Security Essentials AntiVirus Installation

Microsoft has released their own antivirus software called Security Essentials or MSE. The nice thing about it is ‘it’s free’! It is designed primarily for smaller businesses (8-10 users) and can be installed with ease.

Please be aware that MSE cannot be installed on any Windows version except Windows XP SP2 or SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7. If you have Windows 8 installed, you will need to read the information in the link below:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/mse-protect_start/can-i-use-microsoft-security-essentials-with/34b26e6f-12a0-4bc7-b160-f3b2ff70b910

Notes:

If you allow the McAfee AntiVirus to expire before installing Microsoft AV, you don’t have to do Step 1.

For customers using McAfee Antivirus on your Sonicwall, follow these instructions to get the IP address of your PC:

1.  Click on Start  –>  Programs  –>  Accessories  –>  Command Prompt

Type the command  ipconfig to display your PC’s IP address  –>  This IP address will have to be excluded on the Sonicwall under Security Services –>  Client Antivirus  –>  Configure. Call Mindware if you need help with the exclusion.

2.  You will need to remove the McAfee Anti Virus on each PC.

Click on Start  –>  Settings  –>  Control Panel  –>  Add/Remove Programs

Highlight McAfee Virus Protection  –>  Click Remove

Now you are ready to install the new antivirus software. Log on to www.microsoft.com/security_essentials and click on Support before doing the dowload. There are videos that explains how to download the software, how to do an on demand scan and how to fix a threat when one is detected.

Once you click on the Download Now button, follow the prompts on your screen. If you are using Internet Explorer, a bar will display on your screen – click on the bar to continue. If you are using another browser, you will be asked what version of Windows you are using and then follow the prompts on your screen. The installation will make sure your PC passes all requirements for the installation.

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