I downloaded Security Essentials to my computer, but it does not update and does not scan by itself even though it says it will do so at 2 a.m. each Sunday. I have run a quick scan on each computer the last two Monday evenings, but do not know how to make the scan work automatically.
It could have something to do with your power-saving options shutting down/sleeping at 2 a.m. Try changing your scan time to somewhere in the middle of the day and make sure that the "Check for the latest virus and spyware definitions" option (on the Settings tab) is checked.
If still no luck, try temporarily disabling your power save option (Control Panel, Systems and Security, Panel options). If still no luck, it could be possible you were previously infected with something that is preventing the proper running and update of Security Essentials. Download and run the latest free version of Anti-Malware from www.malwarebytes.org to make sure there aren't any other issues.
I have Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8. Do you recommend downloading a new version of Internet Explorer?
Windows Internet Explorer version 9 offers better online protection, enhanced privacy options, faster performance and a list of other usability features. You can view and read more at tinyurl.com/SPTSolutions4 to see a complete list of features.
I thought some of the user interface changes seemed a little less streamlined for my personal tastes, but the bottom line always comes down to the security/privacy enhancements, and that is where IE9 improves itself.
When I click on Start and Programs, not all of the programs show up as they have before. I am running Windows Vista SP2. I have tried running system restore, but the oldest restore point was after the problem occurred, so that didn't work. I am at the point of having to reinstall Windows to correct the problem. I really don't want to reload Windows if I can avoid it.
Reloading Windows will require you to reload your applications (programs) as well. Try this instead: Click the Start button, Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization and then Taskbar and Start Menu. Click the Start Menu tab, and then click Customize. Click 'Use Default Settings,' and then click OK. If this doesn't work, do this: Open My Computer, C Drive and then the Program Files folder. Press ctrl-a to select everything and then right-click and select Properties. If the Hidden option box is selected, click it to un-select it and then click OK.