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Disabling the Microsoft Security Essentials service by commandline: MsMpSvc

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/01

There are (rare and offline) occasions where you want to want to stop/start the service that provides Microsoft Security Essentials.

A few notes first:

  • Only do this when you are off-line
  • Be sure to enable the Microsoft Security Essentials by starting its service as soon as possible
  • You need to be Admin (and on Vista and up with UAC using elevated security)

This is how:

STOP batch file for Microsoft Security Essentials:

sc stop MsMpSvc

START batch file for Microsoft Security Essentials:

sc start MsMpSvc

You’ll know the STOP batch file worked when you see the BIG RED WARNING popup from it displayed.

Of course, it turns GREEN again when you run the START batch file again.

Thanks Lewis Lembke!

The MsMpSvc is because that is the Microsoft Protection Service. Raymond Chen explained a while ago why it uses the name MsMpSvc.

–jeroen

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