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Forum Thread: How to inactivate/uninstall Essentials.

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Leendert Kip How to inactivate/uninstall Essentials.
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Last edited on 22nd Aug, 2012 11:09

One of my friends has a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 7. Because he has good experience with Avira Personal 2012 on his old XP machine, he asked me to install this. His dealer told him that a virus scanner is installed and that it's part of "Essentials' or something like that. But I am unable to locate where it's installed. Where can I find the virus scanner in Windows 7? And is there an absolute safe method to uninstall of inactivate this in order to install Avira without any possibility of problems?

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ddmarshall RE: How to inactivate/uninstall Essentials.
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The Microsoft antivirus is called Microsoft Security Essentials in English. It is in Programs and Features in Control Panel. It has a blue icon which is supposed to look like a three dimensional castle with a flag on top. It can be uninstalled from the Control Panel like any other program.

If it is running it has a green icon that looks like a house with a flag on top in the notification area. This changes colour if it needs an update or a scan. It appears as a process in Task Manager as MsMpEng.exe.

Do not confuse it with Windows Live Essentials which provides other programs like Mail and Photo Gallery.

The Security tab in the Action Center should tell you if an antivirus is installed and what it is.

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Leendert Kip How to inactivate/uninstall Essentials.
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Last edited on 22nd Aug, 2012 12:21
Hi ddmarshall, thank you very much! That's clear info and all I need to uninstall it. I'll try it later this week and assume I can do it without problems.

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