Microsoft Security Essentials 2013 upgrade is legitimate

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Microsoft has just released an upgrade to their antivirus program, Security Essentials.  This is one of several updates that have been released today (the second Tuesday of each month is known as Patch Tuesday, and is the regular day for Microsoft to put out updates such as this).  I am posting this to let you know that this release is indeed legitimately from Microsoft and should be installed.



If you click the Start button and go to Windows Update manually, this is one of the updates you would see:

Security Essentials upgrade

You can check the box and download the upgrade, or you could just wait for it to be downloaded and installed overnight or the next time you restart your computer.  If you choose to proceed manually with the Windows Update, you will see the following screens as part of the installation process:

Security Essentials upgrade

Security Essentials upgrade
Security Essentials upgrade
Security Essentials upgrade

Security Essentials upgrade
Security Essentials upgrade
Security Essentials upgrade

This upgrade, if done by itself, may not require a restart of the computer.  If you download and install all of the new Patch Tuesday updates, it probably will require a restart.  On my Windows 7 computer there were 17 new updates.

If you have any problems and need assistance with this, I can help through my Remote Support service.

 

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Larry Cairncross
July 9th, 2013

What start button? Usually your instructions are very clear but I’m either missing something here or you said to click the Start button and where is it?

Scott Johnson
July 10th, 2013

Sorry – it’s the Microsoft logo in the bottom left corner of the screen. From Windows 95 through Windows XP, it had the word “Start” on it. Windows Vista and Windows 7 took the word off, but the button is still there. With Windows 8, there is no start button at all.

Dan Tierney
July 11th, 2013

Hi Scott,

Do we need to install Security Essentials if we already have an antivirus program?
I’m using AVG. What do you think about AVG?

Should we be using the built-in Microsoft Windows Firewall or is ZoneAlarm Firewall ok? What do you think about ZoneAlarm for a firewall?

Thanks a lot,

Dan

Dan Tierney
July 11th, 2013

How strange! I checked manually for the updates and I don’t have an update for Security Essentials. Is that because I don’t have it installed? I have only 15 updates showing.

Scott Johnson
July 11th, 2013

Yes – if you are not using MSE, there would be no update for it.

Scott Johnson
July 11th, 2013

You can only run one antivirus program at a time – otherwise they will conflict with each other. I do not recommend AVG for a variety of reasons (and I actually did recommend it up until October 2010). I also do not recommend ZoneAlarm. The Windows firewall is more than sufficient in most cases.

Dan Tierney
July 11th, 2013

Thanks for the info, Scott. Which antivirus software do you recommend now?
I’m using the Windows Firewall too, not ZA anymore.

Scott Johnson
July 11th, 2013

Microsoft Security Essentials

ana
July 12th, 2013

Hi –

I am new here, I hope I will get help with my problem.
I did have some updates yesterday or 2 days ago from Microsoft and most of them are installed fine. But I just can`t install 2 updates for Security update for Microsoft.NET Framework4……….., KB2835393 and KB2840628.
I did everything possible, I have spent so much time, NOTHING.
Updates just will not install, status is Failed after every time I try another solution.
I don`t know what to do and do I really need it ?
I have Norton 360. I did disabled Norto for a short while too and …. nothing.

I am not computer knowing all, I just know what I need to know 🙂

I have windows 7 /64/
Nothing like that ever happened before and I am scared that someone will take over my computer ?

Thank you so much

Scott Johnson
July 12th, 2013

Hi Ana – you probably don’t have to worry about someone taking over your computer just because of a problem with these windows updates. I will send you an email and see if I can help.