Quote: Originally Posted by jsquareg
Another quick question if I may. Is there a way to disable the automatic update of MSE?
Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine
Why would you want to disable automatic updating of your antivirus software?
Quote: Originally Posted by rvbfan
Let auto update run, that's part of what makes the software effective.
And remember Windows 7 isn't your fathers operating system, it has
matured nicely. For the most part let 7 and MSE do their thing
you won't be disappointed.
FWIW there is no separate disable setting within MSE. Updates are provided by Windows Updates. You could "disable" automatic updates by changing settings for Windows Updates. But there is a cautionary tale to that.
Starting in 2007, Microsoft used what many have called "stealth updates". Even if a user selected "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them" or "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them",
updates would still be installed without any other user input. Microsoft did this to facilitate updating Windows Update itself. Users found out that this practice would interfere with automatic backups, etc because computers would re-boot in the middle of a task without any warnings
. The only sure option to truly disable ALL updates is to select "Never check for updates (not recommended)". The user would then have to remember to manually check for ALL updates on a regular basis, not just MSE.
From the below source: "If you turn on the Update Services, regardless of which "turned on" setting you have chosen, required updates to some components of the service will be downloaded and installed automatically without further notice to you. If you would prefer not to receive required updates, turn off the Update Services."
Source: Microsoft Windows Update
(see Required Updates within article)