My MSE Setup

by Alan
(Quebec, Canada)

MSE Limit CPU Usage Setting

MSE Limit CPU Usage Setting

MSE Limit CPU Usage Setting
A Complex Excel Spreadsheet
MSE Excluded File Types

Hello Steve. Let me tell you what my MSE setup is.

First of all I limit the CPU usage during scan to 20% rather than 50%. This is because I use large Microsoft Excel files and they take quite a bit of CPU power to load and update.

I don't want Microsoft Security Essentials taking up too much CPU when it is performing background scans.

I agree with your assertion that Severe and High Alert Levels should be set to remove.

If a virus of this nature is detected on your computer then you need it removed. Fast! I also have real-time protection turned on.

I have also not used Excluded Files and Locations. However, I have used Excluded File Types to stop scanning files that cannot hold the payload of a virus.

For example, I do exclude text files (*.txt) as I have many and I am confident they are safe.

In Advanced option I have all options ticked except Scan Removable Files. I don't use USB Pens or external Hard Drives on this computer.

In answer to your last statement I don't think there are any specific right or wrong answers here.

Disabling some options is foolish however some are a matter of circumstances and what your requirements are.

Thank you for creating your web site. It has been a pleasure to browse and I will be back to see how things develop.

My Response


Hello Alan. Thank you for your contribution.

I think your approach to setting up Microsoft Security Essentials is sensible.

You have made amendments that suit your circumstances, such as reducing CPU usage.

I agree with your decision to exclude text files to improve scanning efficiency.

However, it is worth mentioning that some viruses can be disguised as a text file. They usually look like *.txt.exe. But judging by your page I am certain you already knew this!

If these type of files are not scanned, they will cause damage to your computer or data. True text files can't execute virus payloads.

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