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I switched from Avast to MSE because it's less of a CPU hog on my less than adequate laptop, but one thing I can't get working is the auto updates. I've tried using the MSE Update Utility that someone made, but it didn't work for me. I know it'll auto update if I have Windows Updates set to auto install updates, but I want MSE to auto update without me having Windows Updates on. Anyone know of a way?
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I don't recall having to set it to update automatically, it should already do it by default.
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Use task scheduler, on the right panel click "Create Basic Task".
Enter a name, select daily, 1 day, run a program, in Program/Script enter: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\MpCmdRun.exe"
In Add arguments enter: "-SignatureUpdate"
If you want to update more than once a day, than create another task with a different time.

You also have to allow those tasks to run with a "USER-account", otherwise it only works on your "ADMIN-account".
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 10/25/12 at 10:28am
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Use task scheduler, on the right panel click "Create Basic Task".
Enter a name, select daily, 1 day, run a program, in Program/Script enter: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\MpCmdRun.exe"
In Add arguments enter: "-SignatureUpdate"
If you want to update more than once a day, than create another task with a different time.
You also have to allow those tasks to run with a "USER-account", otherwise it only works on your "ADMIN-account".

Exactly what I was looking for. I set a task to make it so it checks for updates 5 minutes after I've logged in. Thanks alot for the help, +rep.

edit: Now if only I could make it so the command prompt was hidden, not the biggest of deals, but it'd be nice lol
Edited by venomblade - 10/25/12 at 11:01am
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You're worried about it being a CPU hog, but you're doing checks every 5 minutes?...
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You're worried about it being a CPU hog, but you're doing checks every 5 minutes?...
? I don't see how what I wrote could be misconstrued for checking EVERY 5 minutes. I have it set so 5 minutes after I've logged on it checks for updates, just once. That way everything on my laptop's startup has already loaded.
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Use task scheduler, on the right panel click "Create Basic Task".
Enter a name, select daily, 1 day, run a program, in Program/Script enter: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\MpCmdRun.exe"
In Add arguments enter: "-SignatureUpdate"
If you want to update more than once a day, than create another task with a different time.
You also have to allow those tasks to run with a "USER-account", otherwise it only works on your "ADMIN-account".

Exactly what I was looking for. I set a task to make it so it checks for updates 5 minutes after I've logged in. Thanks alot for the help, +rep.

edit: Now if only I could make it so the command prompt was hidden, not the biggest of deals, but it'd be nice lol

Funny you ask, I just learned that in my Shell Scripting/Batch Script studies tongue.gif
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Funny you ask, I just learned that in my Shell Scripting/Batch Script studies tongue.gif

Ahh so is it difficult? Or out of the scope of what the Task Scheduler is capable of?
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Funny you ask, I just learned that in my Shell Scripting/Batch Script studies tongue.gif

Ahh so is it difficult? Or out of the scope of what the Task Scheduler is capable of?

I haven't toyed much with task scheduler things like this, but to hide the command prompt from coming up when you run a batch file it's something like:

@echo off
start "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MpCmdRun.exe" -SignatureUpdate
exit

(put those 3 lines in a text file, save it as MSEUpdate.bat instead of .txt wherever you want)

I guess you could also just throw that .bat file anywhere you want and set Task Scheduler to run it on boot! thumb.gif

There's also an argument that automatically runs a quick or full scan. You can make a task check for updates a minute after bootup, then run a quick scan 5 minutes after that? Seems like a good approach. thumb.gif
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 10/25/12 at 12:34pm
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I haven't toyed much with task scheduler things like this, but to hide the command prompt from coming up when you run a batch file it's something like:
@echo off
start "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\MpCmdRun.exe" -SignatureUpdate
exit
(put those 3 lines in a text file, save it as MSEUpdate.bat instead of .txt wherever you want)
I guess you could also just throw that .bat file anywhere you want and set Task Scheduler to run it on boot! thumb.gif
There's also an argument that automatically runs a quick or full scan. You can make a task check for updates a minute after bootup, then run a quick scan 5 minutes after that? Seems like a good approach. thumb.gif

Hm, well this is what's in the .bat, and this is what I see when I run it
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