This was reported over on the Windows 7 forums. MSE hasn't been updating definitions since late last week, both automatically and manually. One of the posts provides a link where one can go to download updates directly from M$. If M$ doesn't fix this soon, I'm going back to AVAST!
MSE Not Updating(45 posts)
There was a MSE Update last week which knocked some Asus Machines with Updated UEFI Bios Out of Activation.
When I called MS India to re-activate machines, they said they were aware of the issue.
Since then I've been manually updating MSE so this might be why the updates are not being pushed into machines.
Just a guess on my part as MCE is no longer automatically updating on my machines also.
This is one that was available to me CST.
Definition Update for Microsoft Security Essentials - KB2310138 (Definition 1.143.544.0)
Installation date: 1/22/2013 5:07 PM
Installation status: Successful
Update type: Optional
I just checked my installation of MSE and it is still showing the 1.143.629.0 that I manually updated to from within MSE this morning (at least I'm not having to got to M$'s website to update). MSE automatically updates on some kind of a schedule so it won't update the instant a new update comes out so I'm leaving it alone for a day or two to see if it will automatically update.
LF, check your update schedule. The default MSE update schedule is "Weekly" if memory serves me right. I changed mine to Daily @ 9:00am and it usually updates within plus/minus 15-30 minutes of my schedule.
@ LadyFitzgerald -
I'm sure you already know this, but you can configure the update schedule for MSE under the "Settings" tab.
I have mine configured to run a "Quick Scan" every day around 10:00 AM and to have checked the box for "Check for the latest virus and spyware definitions before running a scheduled scan"
It says "around" 10:00 AM - and in my experience that can be anywhere from 9:30 - 10:30.
Also, if you have not created a restore point in a few days, MSE will create one before downloading and installing the new definitions files, which will appear as a "Critical Update" - similar to a normal Microsoft update.
When configuring MSE to run a schedules scan, there is a check-box below which says, "Check for the latest virus and spyware definitions before running a scheduled scan"
On my 64-bit PC with 4 gigs of RAM, a "quick scan" takes about three to five minutes and runs completely in the background - allowing me to proceed with whatever I'm doing at the time. If you check that box, MSE will search, download and install the latest definitions before running the scan -- which is how I receive my virus definitions updates daily.
I also run a full scan every few weeks - which obviously takes much more time; however I have made the MSE quick scan part of my daily PC protection scheme. You can also choose other options - such as to run the quick scan weekly or monthly.
Give it a try. If you find that it's not for you, you can always change the configurations back to what they are now.
I've been only using MSE on my notebook since last June but if the only way to get the darned thing to update automatically is to run a scheduled scan, I may have to go back to AVAST! free. I'm never on my notebook computer consistantly at the same times so scheduled scans, no matter how short, are worthless. I'm more than just a little P.O.ed to find out that apparently the only time the thing has been getting updated was just before my weekly scans. AVAST! may be a little top heavy but, at least, it automatically updated itself several times daily. If MSE doesn't update itself by tomorrow, it's history.
Ok, if MSE is so great, why the hell doesn't it update itself? How the hell hard would it have been for M$ to program that? I thought the idea behind MSE was one didn't have jump through hoops for it to work. How many normal users know how to set up a scheduled task (I don't) or even know that it needs to be done (I didn't)? Like I said, I'm bitterly disappointed (to put it politely) to find out I've been getting updates only when I ran my weekly scans. I still wouldn't know it if it hadn't been for that article over on 7 Forums.
I'm wondering if the reason for the recently reported low score was because MSE hadn't updated itself.
Moving to an AV that does what it is supposed to will NOT be a loss!
The only problem with that is this computer is on only at varying times of the day. Murphy's Law (and I'm part Irish so it counts double) says that, no matter what time I set the scan for, it will be highly unlikely I'll be on it at that time.
@ LH. Not true. I installed AVAST! free yesterday evening and it is already updating itself automatically (as it always did in the past when I used to use it). It can be set to automatically update every so many minutes. The default is 240 minutes; I set the installation on this machine for 90 minutes. After several boots, I can't tell if AVAST! is slowing my machine down any more than MSE did (which is odd because it used to a little bit).
Another thing about MSE is every time I opened it up, the home screen said that the definitions were up-to-date. I know now it was lying. Somthing else I learned was M$ eventually reports MSE definitions in Windows Updates but lists them as Optional? Optional my Aunt Fanny! I'm through with MSE.
It's up to date 'til it checks again and that check is dependent on when it's set, so, if you do a manual check it is likely a definition is ready to be downloaded. If Avast!, doing umpteen checks a day, puts your mind at rest more power to you.
MSE will automatically update no matter what time/schedule is set.
Mine is set to Quick scan Daily 18.00 but if I don't switch on the computer til 20.00 within Half an hour it will be up to date.
So if you set it to quick scan at 09.00 and you don't switch the computer on til 11.00 it will update within 30 mins of net connection.
@ StringJunky. Seriously? It's up to date until it checks again? M$ must have its own brand of English.
This computer isn't on 24/7 so Avast won't be checking for updates all that often. On a desktop that runs 24/7, I would leave it set for the default
@ GS. Like heck it will! Mine wasn't updating and, apparently, never was.
@LadyFitz You must have gotten fed up, but I believe you. Your install must have been somewhat different, or something in your system was preventing the updates. I use MSE on several PCs and installed it on friends' PCs and have not seen your problem, in my experience. It is good to know AVAST is a viable alternative.
My daily MSE Quick Scan - set to run at "around" 10:00 AM every morning - ran today at 9:47 A.M.
Prior to running the scan, MSE downloaded and installed the latest available virus definitions - "Created at 2:29 AM" (Eastern Standard Time) - with version number 1.143.723.0
In addition, MSE also created a system restore point - labeled "Critical Update"
During all of this, I was busy surfing the internet, reading the news, writing emails, etc - without any interference.
That is what was reported in the link I provided. That issue has been resolved; one can now go to the update tab in MSE and the update button will work. The problem I was having was MSE won't (and, apparently, never did) update automatically. That problem has already been resolved; I removed MSE and replaced it with AVAST free which is working just fine.
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