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Windows 7: MSE Update question....

08 Mar 2011   #11
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Golden and all interested....
How often does Microsoft Security Essentials auto-update? - Microsoft Answers

This should make you more confused than we were before!


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08 Mar 2011   #12
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

Does anyone know how frequently MSE updates its virus definitions?

I've set it to check for virus and spyware definitons prior to scheduled scans, but it isn't clear to me whether it checks and updates definitions at any other time.

I've had a look through the MSE help, but can't find any information on this.

Can anyone shed light on this?

Regards,
Golden
MS sends out 3-4 updates per day. MSE will check for updates once per 24hrs. You can force a second update check by scheduling a quick scan every day. I've read that MSE checks for updates on boot, but for me it never did.
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08 Mar 2011   #13
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies Dennis and DBone. Consensus sems to be at least once, but possibly a few times a day. I like your thinking there DBone : schedule a quick scan after reboot to force an update if there is one pending.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Mar 2011   #14
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

When I ran it, I scheduled my quick scan for 2pm. I would boot up around 7am and run a manual update, because after much trial and error, it would never update automatically after boot like is reported. Then I would manually update again around 8pm so I wouldn't be without the latest definitions for too long. I however got tired of having to "babysit" my antivirus, and I looked elsewhere for my security...............Good luck!
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09 Mar 2011   #15
G1LLY

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
I've read that MSE checks for updates on boot, but for me it never did.
Logged into my computer about half an hour ago & MSE was running on definitions released on 08.03.11 so I don't think it checks on boot everytime like I thought it did, just has to manually update to definitions released today.
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09 Mar 2011   #16
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by G1LLY View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
I've read that MSE checks for updates on boot, but for me it never did.
Logged into my computer about half an hour ago & MSE was running on definitions released on 08.03.11 so I don't think it checks on boot everytime like I thought it did, just has to manually update to definitions released today.

lol! I read your date as August 03, 2011
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10 Mar 2011   #17
G1LLY

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by G1LLY View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
I've read that MSE checks for updates on boot, but for me it never did.
Logged into my computer about half an hour ago & MSE was running on definitions released on 08.03.11 so I don't think it checks on boot everytime like I thought it did, just has to manually update to definitions released today.

lol! I read your date as August 03, 2011
LOL! I have definitions from the future

No, March 8th in the UK format
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11 Mar 2011   #18
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I usually check for updates manually, although I know it's pointless lol. Here's a log of the last three days (I kept track of this for you.) The times in brackets () are when I clicked update and it updated.

DAY #1
1. 3AM ~ (11AM) GMT +0
2. 1PM ~ (2.20PM) GMT +0
3. 9PM ~ (10PM) GMT +0
DAY #2
1. 2.30AM ~ (7.30AM) GMT +0
2. 11AM ~ (2.20PM) GMT +0
3. 2.20PM ~ (9.48PM) GMT +0
DAY #4
1. 2.30AM ~ (MIDDAY) GMT +0
2. 11AM ~ (1.55PM) GMT +0
3. TBC

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Thanks for the replies Dennis and DBone. Consensus seems to be at least once, but possibly a few times a day. I like your thinking there DBone : schedule a quick scan after reboot to force an update if there is one pending.

Regards,
Golden
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12 Mar 2011   #19
bru

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I spent some time on Microsoft Answers discussing this. What I figured out is if you manually update it messes up the auto check. It will take a day or two for it to get back in synch. So you either need to always do manual updates or just leave it to update itself. It will usually update within 10 minutes after a reboot/coming out of sleep assuming a new definition has been created since the last time it checked. That last part is the key. For quite a while I thought it wasn't working right but after letting it work on it's own for a week or so I figured out the patterns.

To simplify things I scheduled a quick scan for everyday. That works for me.
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12 Mar 2011   #20
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

What I don't understand (maybe someone can help) is that the developer of the software thinks so highly of definition updates, that it creates 3 updates a day, but yet it programs the software to only look for updates once per day? These two philosophies seem backwards to me. I would rather have the AV look for more updates then are produced.....No?
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