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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials Update Concern


12 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
Microsoft Security Essentials Update Concern

MSE's 1 time per day updating is puzzling to me. MSE says it's "up to date", even if there are updates waiting for it to download at the next check. That doesn't make sense to me? If MSE only needs 1 update a day to be "up to date", then why does MS put out 2,3,4 updates per day???

Why doesn't MS put out 1 update a day, and then MSE could download that update, and it would truly be "up to date" each day. MS feels that multiple daily updates are essential (or they wouldn't produce them), yet they program their AV to work the vast majority of the time, "out of date".

Something seems wrong here.


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12 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I'd find it annoying if MSE kept saying that it was out of date two-four times a day! A comparison is MBAM (free version), it considers itself to be up to date if it is updated once in every 7 days.

I suspect most of this has to do with MSE staying fully optional to avoid court cases from competitors.

Besides, you can always set MSE to check for updates before it goes into scanning.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
MSE's 1 time per day updating is puzzling to me. MSE says it's "up to date", even if there are updates waiting for it to download at the next check. That doesn't make sense to me? If MSE only needs 1 update a day to be "up to date", then why does MS put out 2,3,4 updates per day???

Why doesn't MS put out 1 update a day, and then MSE could download that update, and it would truly be "up to date" each day. MS feels that multiple daily updates are essential (or they wouldn't produce them), yet they program their AV to work the vast majority of the time, "out of date".

Something seems wrong here.
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12 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I always found this a little strange also so i changed the update schedule in regedit to update every 3 hours. I now get 3 or 4 updates every day without fail or interuption and the peace of mind i know im up to date.And dont have to scan just to get an update!

Danny
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12 Feb 2011   #4

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Numerous Updates

I agree with you people about the number of updates. I never scan without checking for updates first.
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12 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lost Colonist View Post
I'd find it annoying if MSE kept saying that it was out of date two-four times a day! A comparison is MBAM (free version), it considers itself to be up to date if it is updated once in every 7 days.

I suspect most of this has to do with MSE staying fully optional to avoid court cases from competitors.

Besides, you can always set MSE to check for updates before it goes into scanning.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
MSE's 1 time per day updating is puzzling to me. MSE says it's "up to date", even if there are updates waiting for it to download at the next check. That doesn't make sense to me? If MSE only needs 1 update a day to be "up to date", then why does MS put out 2,3,4 updates per day???

Why doesn't MS put out 1 update a day, and then MSE could download that update, and it would truly be "up to date" each day. MS feels that multiple daily updates are essential (or they wouldn't produce them), yet they program their AV to work the vast majority of the time, "out of date".

Something seems wrong here.
I'm not saying MSE should notify the user that it is out of date, it should just check and download invisibly every 90min or so. I know I can schedule a quick scan to force an update, but I (the end user) shouldn't have to be in charge of being 100% protected, 100% of the time, by scheduling scans, or doing registry tweaks ect...

Until MS gets a handle on this, I'll keep looking elsewhere for security.
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12 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
but I (the end user) shouldn't have to be in charge of being 100% protected, 100% of the time, by scheduling scans, or doing registry tweaks ect...

Until MS gets a handle on this, I'll keep looking elsewhere for security.
Ummm you don't have to do a thing it already makes sure you have the latest definitions before doing a scan, it also is already setup out of the box to do scheduled scanning. You do not have to do a darn thing.

It also is not required to have the super latest definitions as long as its not a week old.

Microsoft already has a handle on it.
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