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Hello: I have Win 7 Home premium and am using Security Essentials for my AV.I got a notification from Security Essentials that my computer could be at risk,as I hadn't done a full scan in some time.Anyway,I started a full scan,but it doesn't seem to be progressing-the progress bar isn't advancing.I started the scan at 4:46 PM,and it is 6:36 PM as I write this.What is going on?

Hello Michael

MS Security Essentials is crap!  Microsoft may make the operating system but when it comes to building additional security they just can't seem to get it right. The best thing you can do is uninstall it and get yourself real antivirus which is Free, through Avast.. Visit my website at and read the TIPS on OPTIMIZING your computer. Then go to the SOFTWARE/SUPPORT page and install all the items from the PINK section as they will help with the cleaning, removal and ongoing maintenance from malware/spyware and other problems you may come across.

Also, from the start menu type 'defender' and then click on WINDOWS DEFENDER go in to the options/settings for administration and disable this. You will gain about 5-10% speed on your computer as well, if you have been using the Internet Explorer, Don't!  You should be using CHROME as it is by far the fastest, safest and most secure web browser on the market. I also suggest the Avant browser, simply as the backup as it emulates the internet explorer exactly and having it installed, you can use this when you happen to come across a web page that doesn't open correctly in Chrome (which is becoming few and far between as it has now become the world's most used browser)

After you have installed avast and have it up to date, I suggest performing a BOOT TIME VIRUS SCAN which will scan outside of the windows environment, making sure you are completely clear from viruses.

Hope this helps


Mike Dacre
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As I have been volunteering in the 'windows' category since the inception of AllExperts, which has now moved to numerous windows categories. I will therefore be happy to answer any Windows 7,8 and 10 based question. What can't I answer? Not much, as this is the main reason I volunteered here, because I am hopeful the questions I can not answer will allow me to investigate the problem so that I can answer it. The TIPS and SOFTWARE support through my website at can also be of some help.


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