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How Do I Disable a Scheduled Scan in Microsoft® Security Essentials

December 05, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to easily disable scheduled scans in Microsoft® Security Essentials

Microsoft® Security Essentials is a popular security solution for Microsoft Windows® users as it can be downloaded free of charge. The software provides antivirus protection for all licensed Windows® operating systems. When the application is installed (see the article that focuses on installation of Microsoft® Security Essentials), the scan schedule is set automatically. Conducting regular scans can neutralize threats before problems occur. However, the scanning process slows the computer down, so you may wish to conduct the scans at times that are convenient for you. The instructions below illustrate how to easily disable scheduled scans in Microsoft® Security Essentials.

Instructions:

  1. While the application is running in the system tray, you will see an icon that looks like a tower with a flag (green or orange). Double-click on this icon.
  2. Switch to the “Settings” tab.
  3. In the left pane, select the “Scheduled scan” option. In the right section of the window, you will see the available settings.
  4. Uncheck the first “Run a scheduled scan on my computer (recommended)” checkbox.
  5. Click on the “Save changes” button.
  6. Close the application.

Warnings:

  • Remember that you will need to run virus scans manually to keep your computer secure and protected from malware and other harmful programs.

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