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If CNET rate MSE in top 5, why does Microsoft class updates as optional?

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I'm not quite sure I understand what CNET's rating has to with the "optional update". Were you looking to understand why update KB972696 was recently classified as "optional"? If so, I suggest you read the various explanations given by the Security Essentials Forum Moderator (Stephen Boots), within this thread. Hopefully, it will help.

If the above is NOT the case, please post back with a few more details. It will help us, help you. Thanks!

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Thanks for the link. It seems it was built before release of Windows 7 for that other miraculous invention called vista.LOL

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But wait .. there's more. :D

I got a little hung up reading about it, earlier. Believe it (or not) I read this entire thread. Win 7 user's also had their share of complaints. Shocked

I had considered installing it, but I've since changed my mind. Devil

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By Carol

I only recently started using it, as Avira updates were inconsistent, as to whether they worked.

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