Spybot and Security Center

Question

Ran Spybot, 2 problems found were:

Windows Security Center Antivirus

Windows Security Center Firewall

Both came up red and I didn't want to disable the

security you gave me: Microsoft Antivirus and McAfee whatever. Printed out the Spybot "manual" and that only confused me more. Just closed out of it all.

I think I need some kind of lesson as to how to use Spybot! Or are the names that popped up really spyware?

That was back on Feb. 18. Reason for delay in getting back to you is because I've got a full plate and am working against deadlines on multiple things.

Answer

This question was answered on March 20, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This is not a problem Spybot is just telling you that you do not have your Windows Security Center set to notify you of the status of your anti-virus and firewall programs.

The Security Center notifies you as to whether or not you have an active anti-virus and firewall and the current status of each It just monitors the status, it doesn't actually provide any security features of its own.

You can either choose to ignore these warnings or turn on the monitoring feature of the Security Center To do this:

Click Start

Click Settings

Click Control Panel

On the Control panel you will see the icon for the Windows Security Center.

Open it and you will see the buttons to turn monitoring on or off Turn them on and click OK.

You should no longer see these errors in Spybot results.

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Author

Posted by daryl of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 20, 2006