I hope someone can help with this. I used Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on my last laptop without any problems. I have a new laptop and downloaded MSE as my anti-virus provider. However, every time I switch on my laptop, the MSE logo is a red cross highlighting that real time protection is switched off. When I open it up and click on the 'turn on' button, it takes a couple of minutes, then a pop up tells me that it can't be turned on, then when I close the pop up the 'turn on' box is highlighted again, enabling me to switch the real time protection on. I'd just like to know if there's any easy way around this. It is annoying that when I log on to my laptop, I have to wait several minutes before I can actually use it. I am a mature student soon to be going into my final year and would really like to resolve this before I start back. This happens every time I switch my laptop on. Any advice will be gratefully accepted! I am a slight techno-phobe so layman's terms would be really helpful! Thank you.