How do I install and configure Microsoft Security Essentials?

On the last tab, you can set a scheduled time to perform a Microsoft Security Essentials scan. The default is once a week, but you have flexibility to set the schedule to suit your needs.

Bottom line
Whether you are an individual computer user or the manager of an entire department of Internet-connected computers, the need for anti-virus applications is very real. While Microsoft Security Essentials may be merely basic protection, it is an important first line of defense that can work for almost anyone or any organization. With the benefit of a clean install and tight integration with the Windows operating system, it is worth a look no matter how many computers are involved.

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