Windows Security Alerts thinks my computer might be at risk

  Laurence WM 17 Jan 13
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Hi,

According to my Microsoft Security Essentials, my PC (Windows XP) is ‘Protected’, yet according to my Windows Security Alerts, in a bubble that pops up from my toolbar most of the time I switch on, ‘your computer might be at risk; your anti-virus software might be out of date’.

Should I be concerned, or do the Security Alerts not register Microsoft’s own security system?

If I needn't worry, how could I stop the bubble from delivering its alarminmg message so frequently?

Thanks, Laurence

  alanrwood 18 Jan 13

How often do you do Windows update. It may be warning you that the definitions are out of date. New definitions are usually available daily. Can't remember but is there a setting in MSSE to warn you if definitions have not been updated for "X" days

  Nontek 18 Jan 13

Right-click on the MSE icon on the taskbar and choose to Update - just takes a few seconds or so.

  johndrew 18 Jan 13

It may also be that you have not run a scan recently.

  Laurence WM 19 Jan 13

Thank you for these very helpful answers, Alan, Nontek and John.

My MSE is scheduled to update and scan daily. Right-clicking and updating as Nontek suggests does remove the warning icon, but on my slow old machine it takes more than a few seconds, and as it is another extra little task need I bother, given the daily schedule? If not, can I prevent the balloon from appearing so frequently?

Manks thanks again, Laurence

  alanrwood 19 Jan 13

Hi

I was not aware that MSSE was capable of automatic updates but it is quite a while since I last used it so maybe I am out of date

  Nontek 19 Jan 13

MSE does update automatically as a rule, but you will still need to run a Quick Scan occasionally and/or do a Manual update.

  alanrwood 20 Jan 13
Answer

You can disable these warnings if you wish. Click on the Flag icon and select Action Centre/Security and set it up as you think is right for yourself.

  Laurence WM 21 Jan 13

Many thanks, everyone!

Laurence

  onthelimit1 22 Jan 13

Read this thread too - MSE update problem

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