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- Mark Warner
April 16, 2014, 8:54 pm
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I'm now seeing something that really frosts my azz. On XP machines,
Microsoft Security Essentials is turning red and popping up saying that
it won't be updated and that the XP computer is insecure. Which is
essentially a baldfaced lie -- the program itself may not be updated any
further, but definitions updates are still available and the program is
still offering protection. Nonetheless, the indications are that it's no
I've got a number of home users I support, some still with XP, and
nearly all of them are using MSE -- which I installed. Prior to the XP
EOL date, I had been telling people that their anti-virus would still be
active and would continue to be updated for another year or more (July
2015 is what MSFT said, I believe). Even though that *is* the case, MSFT
is making me out to be a liar.
Last night was my first hands on session with one of these. While MSE
was active and I was able to download new virus definitions, it still
stayed red and said the machine was insecure. I thought that perhaps the
version of MSE was outdated, so I uninstalled it, ran the FixIt that
cleans out the detritus, and tried to reinstall from a freshly
downloaded installer. It refused to install, saying the OS was not
Ended up installing avast!. Which of course installed Google Chrome and
Google Toolbar. (And yes, I chose the Custom install, but I obviously
missed seeing the opt-out.)
I get it that XP had to go away at some time. But there's no excuse for
this latest stunt they've pulled with MSE. It's the same tactics used by
the rogue anti-malware purveyors.
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