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Windows 7: MSE not sure if real time protection is working


26 Jan 2010   #1

windows 7
 
 
MSE not sure if real time protection is working

As the title says really, is my MSE real time protection actually working ?

I ran an exe file on purpose a few days ago knowing it had some mallware / spyware built into it. I did it to test MSE. But nothing happened.

Now a few days later i decide to run a custom scan on my xp partition, my windows 7 partition and a pen drive. These drives had 4 trojans and two java exploits in total, which MSE cleaned.

But how come the real time protection did'nt pick these up ?

Or even doing a quick scan did'nt pick these up either ?

Help, i don't feel safe anymore

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26 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

First of all, colinw, why in heavens name would you intentionally run an .exe file you know is bad? Personally, I don't consider that a wise move.

As to why the real-time protection didn't catch the install, much depends on your other settings and the permission you provided during the installation. If you have UAC turned off or allowed the UAC elevation prompt during install, you took it upon your own hands to provide the program with permission. It is also possible that what you installed was not in detection at the time of installation but was subsequently added.
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26 Jan 2010   #3

windows 7
 
 

Well as i said i wanted to test MSE that's all. I keep hearing how good it is so thought i would test it. My UAC is one notch down from the dafault. But not off.

Anyway i won't be doing it again.

Been running it for several months now and not seen it detect anything, so you begin to wonder if it's working.
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26 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Click on the 'settings' tab, then click on 'real time protection'. Are all three boxes checked?
What are you're 'default actions' set at?
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26 Jan 2010   #5

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

colinw: "Been running it for several months now and not seen it detect anything, so you begin to wonder if it's working."

well, if you donīt get any viruses / malware, what is there for MSE to detect ?
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26 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

If there's a problem with it, the tray icon will warn you about it. If it doesn't, Windows Security will.
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27 Jan 2010   #7

windows 7
 
 

ok thanks guys for the reply's

Its all set to default, so yes all three ticks are on etc.

I will keep an eye on it.
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27 Jan 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Click on the 'settings' tab, then click on 'real time protection'. Are all three boxes checked?
Jacee:

Are you implying that real time virus protection is contingent on scans, scheduled or otherwise?
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27 Jan 2010   #9

windows 7
 
 

Well just a quick update, i don't know whats going here but my usb pen drive had a hidden autorun.inf and svchost.exe file, I done a scan of the pen drive and MSE found nothing wrong.

Then took MSE off and went back to Nod32 which i was running before anyway. And as soon as plugged my pen drive in Nod32 detected these files and deleted them straight away.

So for what ever reason i can't see the MSE realtime working at all ?

I was hoping to stay with MSE but something is wrong.

My settings are all fine, they are just default.

To me it's as though there is no background scanning going on at all.

Weird.
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27 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 X86
 
 

I personally think MSE sucks cause its a free antivirus and as a free it has a low detection rate.
I sugest you Avira as a free antivirus and kaspersky or avast as a paid one you choose.
And never use 2 antiviruses in the same time.
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