Understanding Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) alert levels

Alert levels help you choose how to respond to viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software.

When Microsoft Security Essentials detects a potential threat, it uses the associated definition file to assign an alert level to the threat. It then applies the default action associated with that threat level.

While Microsoft Security Essentials recommends that you remove all viruses and spyware, not all software that is flagged is malicious or unwanted. The information in the table below can help you decide what to do if Microsoft Security Essentials detects potentially unwanted software on your PC.

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