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Windows Security Alerts thinks my computer might be at risk


Laurence WM
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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up from my toolbar most of the time I switch on, ‘your computer might be at risk; your anti-virus software might be out of date’.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

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alanrwood

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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 It may be warning you that the definitions are out of date.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

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Nontek

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

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johndrew

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

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Laurence WM

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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

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alanrwood

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I was not aware that MSSE was capable of automatic updates but it is quite a while since I last used it so maybe I am out of date

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Nontek

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

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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.

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Laurence WM

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Many thanks, everyone!

Laurence

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onthelimit1

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Read this thread too - MSE update problem

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