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How Do I Uninstall Microsoft® Antivirus

January 11, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to correctly remove Microsoft® Security Essentials

Microsoft® Security Essentials is a free antivirus security solution for Microsoft Windows® users. The application is available for all licensed operating systems Windows XP® Service Pack 3 or higher. To learn how to install this software you can read the article that focuses on installation of Microsoft® Security Essentials. However, a situation may arise in which the user no longer wants this product and desires to uninstall it. This could be because the user prefers to use another security application that may have different services or for some other reason. The instructions below describe how to correctly remove this free antivirus software.


  1. Open the Start menu and click on the “Control Panel” menu.
  2. Open the “Add/Remove Programs” menu for Windows XP®.
    Click on the “Uninstall a program” option for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7.
  3. Locate Microsoft® Security Essentials and select it. Click on the “Remove/Uninstall” button.
  4. If the confirmation window appears, click on the “YES” button.
  5. The uninstallation wizard will launch, then click the “Uninstall” button.
  6. When the process is finished, click the “Finish” button and restart your PC. Your computer will now be free of the Microsoft® Security Essential antivirus software.


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