My Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) Setup
MSE Limit CPU Usage Setting
Hello Steve. Let me tell you what my MSE setup is.
First 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 website. It has been a pleasure to browse, and I will be back to see how things develop.
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.