Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 17:57 33 comments
Support for Vista will end on April 11 – three months from now. Apparently Microsoft Security Essentials is getting a little pushy about it. This from EB:
This morning MSE (220.127.116.11) greeted me with a popup warning on my fully updated Vista SP2 X64 system with a questionable warning about operating system end of support, fixed itself in “Potentially Unprotected” status and provided a link to a Kb article that thinks I’m running XP!
Following is a screen shot of the MSE interface.
And clicking the link takes me to a completely irrelevant https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14223/windows-xp-end-of-support
I also updated MSE to the latest version (in a virtual machine) and received the same results.
Sometimes it seems to me that MS documentation is handled by poorly programmed bots and the accuracy of information is not checked before it is released to the public.
Posted on November 30th, 2016 at 05:53 53 comments
Short answer: The patch is completely undocumented, but in my tests the latest version, 18.104.22.168, fixes the bug introduced in Sept 28’s MSE 22.214.171.124 / KB 3193414.
InfoWorld Woody on WindowsWindows Patches/Security 126.96.36.199, context menu, KB 3193414, KB 3205972, Microsoft Security Essentials, scan with MSE
Posted on July 21st, 2016 at 09:41 21 comments
The two principal Windows 7 machines in my household stopped doing regular automatic MSE virus definition updates the day after July’s Patch Tuesday. I’m betting that this issue is connected to the problematic WU scans, since available MSE definition updates have tended to appear on the list of available Windows updates, and I haven’t seen any listed there lately.
Or maybe there’s some other explanation of MSE’s new behavior, which in any case isn’t good. Yes, the “Update definitions” button still works, but a selling point of MSE is that it’s supposed to operate with little or no user intervention. So, there could be a developing security risk here.
Have you heard about this issue from anyone else?
Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 06:23 4 comments
A revisitation of an 18-month-old bad signature?
InfoWorld Tech WatchWindows Patches/Security Alureon, DOS/Alureon.J, Microsoft Security Essentials, Trojan:DOS/Alureon.J
Posted on September 12th, 2014 at 11:59 13 comments
This just in from EP…
Adobe has released a new set of security updates this September for Flash Player mentioned in Adobe security bulletin APSB14-21 . These security updates will update Flash Player to either v188.8.131.52 or v184.108.40.206.
Also being released is a new version of the Microsoft Security Essentials program which is v4.6.0305.0 posted Sept. 9 on the Microsoft Download Center:. This one requires either Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7. Don’t bother downloading & installing this new MSE version if using XP or Windows 8.x.
Posted on January 28th, 2014 at 19:14 6 comments
Or… when is end of life not end of life?
InfoWorld Tech Watch.
Posted on January 8th, 2014 at 20:16 17 comments
Sometime in December, somebody at MS decided that XP customers will no longer be able to download MSE.
InfoWorld Tech Watch.
Posted on February 25th, 2011 at 18:11 8 comments
MS just release Security Advisory 2491888, which a patch for a hole in Microsoft Security Essentials (and the Malware Protection Engine in general).
I’m recommending that you go ahead and install it. MSE will ask for permission to install an update (I haven’t seen it offered through Windows Update yet). When MSE asks if it’s OK to update, go ahead and allow it.