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How to turn off Microsoft Security Essentials and Firewall

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If you’re using Microsoft Security Essentials as your Anti-malware software or the Microsoft Firewall, you may need disable them once in a while to, for example, diagnose application internet access issues or for a new software installation. This is actually very simple to do:

To disable Microsoft Security Essentials:

  1. Open the application (click the icon in the task-bar, find it from the start menu or navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe)
  2. From the control panel, go to the ‘Settings’ tab
  3. Un-tick the ‘Turn on real-time protection’ checkbox and Microsoft Security Essentials is now disabled

To disable Microsoft Firewall:

  1. Open the control panel
  2. From the Control Panel open the Security Centre
  3. From the Windows Security Centre window, select Windows Firewall from the left-hand menu
  4. From the Windows Firewall window, choose ‘Turn Windows Firewall on or off’
  5. Tick the ‘off’ radio button then press OK

To turn them back on afterwards, follow the same instructions

Microsoft Security Essentials Control Panel

Microsoft Security Essentials Control Panel

Written by Chris

February 18th, 2010 at 9:45 pm