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Windows 7: MSE Update question....

08 Mar 2011   #1
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 
MSE Update question....

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


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08 Mar 2011   #2
G1LLY

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Not really an answer to your question but on mine it seems to search for updates on bootup/startup, I have Windows Update set to Notify only & MSE still manages to keep itself up-to-date, I've never actually witnessed MSE searching & updating by itself but it does.

I'm never on when my Scheduled Scan is set to run.
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08 Mar 2011   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thanks Gilly. Thats correct, from what I understand, MSE gets updates independant of WU.

Can I ask, what makes you suspect that it gets updates at bootup? If that is the case, then its good.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Mar 2011   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I don't use scheduled scans to get updates.

I get updates every 24 to 48 hours, never longer--regardless of scans.

On earlier versions, you could get away with no scans forever.

On the current version, if you don't scan, you will eventually get a red flag in the system tray, complaining about the lack of scans. I think it is after about 2 weeks.

So, I have set a scheduled scan to once a week. So far, I no longer get that flag.
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08 Mar 2011   #5
G4PYR

Windows 7
 
 

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
In my experience updates become available generally 3 times a day at 0540,1340, 2140 UK GMT time. I do a manual check if I am working in the office at the two latter times and updates are generally available like clock work, try a couple of minutes earlier and there is no update.

Robert
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08 Mar 2011   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thanks Robert. I wonder what happens if you aren't logged in at those times, and neglect to do do a manual update? I guess it waits until the next re-occurence of those times?

An update at bootup seems feasible, but it would be nice to have a confirmation that this is what is actually happening.

Regards
Golden
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08 Mar 2011   #7
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

Does anyone know how frequently MSE updates its virus definitions?

Regards,
Golden
I have Windows Updates turned off and I do not have MSE set to run scheduled scans. I prefer to check for updates manually throughout the day. Based on my observations MSE is updated at least twice a day. New definitions are available between 1am - 5am Central Standard Time (in Texas) and again usually between noon and 4pm CST. Occasionally there will be a third update available between 8pm and 11pm but this is the exception rather than the norm. I once sent an email to the MMPC and they confirmed definitions are sent out at least twice a day, including weekends. But the couldn't (or wouldn't) say how long it takes for Windows Updates to get the new definitions and automatically install them.
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08 Mar 2011   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I never check manually.

Updates are forced on me via Windows Update every 36 hours, give or take 12.
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08 Mar 2011   #9
G4PYR

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Thanks Robert. I wonder what happens if you aren't logged in at those times, and neglect to do do a manual update? I guess it waits until the next re-occurence of those times?

An update at bootup seems feasible, but it would be nice to have a confirmation that this is what is actually happening.

Regards
Golden
If I am not here to check then the machines pick up an update with microsoft updates, so I get at least 1 update every 24 hours and the machines also do a daily scan in the night and it will check for an update then before it scans.

Robert
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08 Mar 2011   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I once sent an email to the MMPC and they confirmed definitions are sent out at least twice a day, including weekends. But the couldn't (or wouldn't) say how long it takes for Windows Updates to get the new definitions and automatically install them.
Cheers Mars. I might give that a go, and try find out a little bit more. I'd be completely satisfied if they could confirm that an update gets done at reboot.

Regards,
Golden
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