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I recently purchased a new Desktop PC. It came with a 6 months free Webroot security system. I intend to switch to Microsoft Security Essentials. Several problems arise:
1- Do I have to uninstall the Webroot system first?
2- Will I then be unprotected until I install MSSE?
3- Does MSSE include a firewall?
4- If not, do I need one? And if I need one where do I get it?
5- I am NOT interested in discussions of how good or bad my decision is. I realize that many of you have very strong opinions about various security systems. I have read hundreds of recommendations, and have settled on MSSE. I am a very untechnical person and just need help in doing what I have chosen to do.
Thank you for any and all help.

My PC specs:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
System Model AY587AA-ABA MS225
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250, 1600 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
Product #: AY587AA-ABA
Serial #: 4CS007057F
Software Build #: A1NAv6PrA2

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You will have to remove Webbroot before you install MSSE. However you should remove it after downloading MSSE.

After you install MSSE; to a full scan.

MSSE does not come with a firewall. You should have Windows Firewall on your computer. It should be fine for your needs.

If you are looking for a other firewall. I recommend Comodo firewall. It is part of the Comodo security suite. But you can install the firewall part seperate. It is free.

I hope that this helps


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1 - Do I have to uninstall the Webroot system first? : Yes! You also need to uninstall any Anti-Malware software, which is running in "real-time". Some examples being, the paid versions of SUPERAntiSpware and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. (Windows Defender will automatically be disabled by the MSE installer)

2 - Will I then be unprotected until I install MSSE? : Prior to removing Webroot, download the MSE installer. Once downloaded, you won't need to be online, in order to complete the installation.

I would also suggest downloading AppRemover , in case you have a problem uninstalling Webroot's trial version. It's a relatively simple and straight-forward application to use. I'm not saying you will have a problem. But you'll have it, if you need it.

3 - Does MSSE include a firewall? No.

4 - If not, do I need one? And if I need one where do I get it? Yes. You need one. The Windows Firewall is adequate. See #3 in the check list below. It discusses the Windows Firewall.

I think the following is worth reading, prior to installing Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

"Check list for installing Microsoft Security Essentials"

Take note of #4 where it states, "If you are 64-bit, you may want to avoid any issues and click on ?locales and languages? and select the 64-bit download for Vista or Windows 7, if that is your OS."

If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best of luck..

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