There is a problem that occurs related to windows defender, which is due to upgrading your computer from older windows to new windows. When a user upgrade their windows to windows 10, then the MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) that was installed on previous windows does not work for the new version. This is the reason behind many windows defender problems.
What is Microsoft Security Essentials?
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus software that comes with your computer, generally when you purchase it. It is made to protect your computer from viruses, malware, spyware and all the other bad stuff.
However, it is not always the antivirus software of choice for many users, who prefer to download and install other free or premium programs to handle the protection of their computers.
To fix this problem with Windows Defender, you need to uninstall the MSE. In this tutorial, we will guide you through simple methods how to uninstall MSE. Simply follow this article and you are good to go.
Methods To Uninstall Security Essentials in Windows 10
Step 1: Simultaneously press windows + R key to open run dialogue box and then “taskmgr” into the run dialogue box.
Step 2: In task manager window, click in the “Service” tab and find the “WinDefend”. Right click on it and select “stop”. By doing this, windows defender will not prevent you from installing or uninstalling MSE. You can uninstall any program.
Step 3: Go to “control panel” and then click on “program & features” -> “Uninstall a program”.
Step 4: Locate the MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and uninstall it. You will see the MSE will uninstall successfully.
Step 5: After that, restart your computer.
Step 6: When your computer boots up, then make sure that MSE was successfully uninstalled. Also go to “task manager” -> “Service” tab and check the “WinDefend” is running again.
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