Installing Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is being depreciated on January 14, 2020 alongside Windows 7 – Please migrate to a more secure OS if still using Windows 7

The University recommends that Microsoft Security Essentials be installed on any personal computer used by Faculty, Staff, or Students.  For University-owned computers, Microsoft System Endpoint Protection is recommended.


Please follow the instructions below to install Microsoft Security Essentials.

Please go to to download Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

Windows 7

A restart is required for this install.

Click Yes to allow access for the User Account Control (UAC) to install the client.

Click Next.

Click I accept.

Click the radio button I do not want to join the program at this time.

Click Next.

Check the box If no firewall is on, turn on Windows Firewall (Recommended).

Click Next.

Click Install.

By default the check box Scan my computer for potential threats ofter getting the latest updates is checked.

Click Finish, then restart your computer.