Microsoft Security Essentials says I’m at risk. I tried to update and the
message comes back to me stating that it cannot update because MSE is out of
date. I tried a few things when I looked online but it didn’t work. I have
Windows 7, 64-bit and Internet Explorer 8.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #54, I look at an installation of Microsoft Security Essentials
that won’t update. We’ll try starting from scratch.
Become a Patron of Ask Leo! and go ad-free!
MSE won’t update
So, it sounds like Microsoft Security Essentials itself is out of
date. In which case, the right thing to do is typically:
Uninstall the version of the program that you have right now completely,
Download a brand new copy from the Microsoft website,
And then reinstall that.
Now, I’m a little confused, maybe even a little concerned, because normally
Microsoft Security Essentials should handle updating itself properly, so there
shouldn’t be an issue like this.
But, my sense is that if you do this, if you uninstall Microsoft Security
Essentials from Control Panel > Programs,
and then download a fresh copy and install it from scratch – you’ll probably
be just fine.
Next from Answercast 54 – Why
does my ISP-given email account fill up if I don’t use it?