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False security warnings with XP?
« on: Wed Jan 31, 2007 - 08:04:10 »
A couple of weeks ago a window popped up, warning me that I did not have any antivirus protection.  At first I thought I was just getting some pesky ad that would have to be swatted with my Spybot or Ad-Aware software, but then I noticed it had come directly from my XP Security Center.  And, sure enough, it said while my firewall was OK, and that I was set up for automatic updates, I no longer had AV protection.

In the small print, it mentioned that it couldn't track all brands of AV software, or that my AV software may just be out-of-date.

I immediately checked to see if my Symantec AV program was still installed (it was), and that the definition file was current (it was). 

I ran a scan, didn't find any viruses, yet the Security Center still claimed that I didn't have AV protection.

After a couple of days of working around those pesky pop-ups, and not finding any similar reports or cures in the Internet, I finally shut the AV detector off on the Security Center, and began relying on Symantec to keep me informed concerning my AV needs.  After all, it has served reliably for me for over two years, without fail, and up to now, without repercussions.

What makes me think that this might be the first round of something bigger was that though I didn't see any XP/Symantec conflicts mentioned on the Web, I did see that there was some Vista/Symantec issues coming over the horizon.  It seems that since Microsoft was claiming that their latest and greatest would be intrinsically "virus-proof", so that any attempt to install third-party AV software (except from an approved vendor, Symantec not included) would result in warnings similar to what I was getting.

Last year, when this wrinkle was first discovered, Symantec's position was that they would not discuss antitrust lawsuits until the final version of Vista hit the streets.

I am wondering if, upon automatically downloading some Windows upgrades, I might be one of the chose few to get an extra "bonus" to see how Vista customers might react to similar provocations.

I might be paranoid, but even paranoids use Windows... ::nodding::

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False security warnings with XP?
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Re: False security warnings with XP?
« Reply #1 on: Sun Feb 04, 2007 - 22:48:51 »
I got the same thing when I downloaded IE 7.  I also started getting invalid certificate warnings for sites that I knew were fine, like my public library.  I'm starting to feel about these warnings like I did the "blank food causes cancer" warnings that seemed to come out every other week in the 80's.

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Re: False security warnings with XP?
« Reply #2 on: Mon Feb 05, 2007 - 16:34:48 »
There are conflicts between symentec  and microsoft.  I have shut down all my winXP security stuff, firewall, AV, internet security, etc.  I use norton and have had no problems...not since deactivating the microsoft stuff anyway.

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Re: False security warnings with XP?
« Reply #3 on: Mon Feb 05, 2007 - 16:39:54 »
There are conflicts between symentec  and microsoft.  I have shut down all my winXP security stuff, firewall, AV, internet security, etc.  I use norton and have had no problems...not since deactivating the microsoft stuff anyway.

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Or you can use AVG and save some money.

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Re: False security warnings with XP?
« Reply #4 on: Mon Feb 05, 2007 - 22:12:06 »
Uncle Sam pays for the Symentec upkeep
There are conflicts between symentec  and microsoft.  I have shut down all my winXP security stuff, firewall, AV, internet security, etc.  I use norton and have had no problems...not since deactivating the microsoft stuff anyway.

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Or you can use AVG and save some money.
Uncle Sam pays for the upkeep for my Symentec AV software, so I'll stick with it until he won't anymore. ::nodding::

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Re: False security warnings with XP?
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Re: False security warnings with XP?
« Reply #5 on: Wed Feb 07, 2007 - 00:39:30 »
I've heard a lot of reports with false security warnings with IE7. I've not experienced them because I can't upgrade to it on my work computer because of the IT department won't let us upgrade anything ourself. My home computer is a mac so IE7 isn't an issue.

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Re: False security warnings with XP?
« Reply #6 on: Fri Feb 09, 2007 - 15:50:37 »
This makes me think of the latest PC/Mac commercial.    http://images.apple.com/movies/us/apple/getamac/apple-getamac-security_480x376.mov