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Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials database location

10 Sep 2011   #1
Archdeacon

windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit (VM via VirtualBox)
 
 
Microsoft Security Essentials database location

Does anyone know the location of the Micrososft Security Essentials database as I need to set up an event trap to prevent myself from inadvertently disconnecting from the internet whilst any update is in progesss?


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10 Sep 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Copy and paste this filepath into the Run field, but I don't hold out any promises it's the correct answer.

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Antimalware
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10 Sep 2011   #3
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, Archdeacon.

You can easily determine the pattern of updates by looking at Windows Update History. Right-click on the Definition Update for Microsoft Security Essentials entry(ies) and select View Details. That will give you the time your computer is getting the updates.

Personally, I have selected an optimum time when I know my computer will be on and Scheduled a quick scan for that time, checking the box, "Check for the latest virus and spyware definitions before running a scheduled scan".

Alternatively, to ensure you have the latest update, a few minutes prior to shutting down the computer, you could simply launch MSE and click Update.

In checking the Change log entries at Definition change log - Get the latest definitions - Microsoft Malware Protection Center -- although not guaranteed because each release has to go through various checks prior to approval -- there is somewhat of a pattern to the available times for updates. Note the times when looking at the last six updates.

01:37 PM UTC
05:38 AM UTC
09:36 PM UTC

01:36 PM UTC
05:36 AM UTC
09:36 PM UTC

I expect the consistency in available times is for the benefit of Enterprise customers of Microsoft Forefront and Windows InTune.
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10 Sep 2011   #4
FranzB

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Archdeacon View Post
Does anyone know the location of the Micrososft Security Essentials database as I need to set up an event trap to prevent myself from inadvertently disconnecting from the internet whilst any update is in progesss?
Sawadee krap

How about doing it manually? It doesn't take much time and while the updates are downloaded you can stretch and do some exersises to prevent getting a thrombosis from sitting motionless behind the computer for hours :)
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11 Sep 2011   #5
Archdeacon

windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit (VM via VirtualBox)
 
 

Corrine, Many thanks for that and I will see if I can use it.
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11 Sep 2011   #6
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

You're welcome, Archdeacon.
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