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[Solved] MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS and PC sleep settings

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by BGBG, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. BGBG

    BGBG Registered Members

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    I was running a scan and 4 hours later it was only half done. But have it set to sleep after a short while. Must I set it NOT to sleep if I run a long time full scan?
     

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  2. Tony D

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    You might want to turn off sleep while doing a scan.
     
  3. BGBG

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    Yeah....I turned sleep off and it is working much better now. A little more than 3/4 done. How often should a full scan be done? I always did a quick scan.
     
  4. BGBG

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    The full scan finally finished with no threats.
     

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  5. Tony D

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    You'll get various opinions on this. I suggest you try once a week for a while. If your scans are coming up showing threats, then scan more frequently. If your scans are coming up clean, scan less often.
    That said, any time your computer is not running as expected, definitely run a scan.
     
  6. BGBG

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    Sounds good. Thanks.
     
  7. plodr

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    In the future, a quick scan is all that you need and it is done automatically. So you don't have to worry about MS Security Essentials. It will update and scan in the background with no user input required.
    From MS
    The only thing I do is before I install something, like a program I've downloaded, I right click it and scan with MS Security Essentials and I right click it again and scan with Malwarebytes to be sure as it unpacks, nothing strange gets installed.
     

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