Microsoft Security Essentials is throwing scary warning messages now that Windows XP support has come to an end. How serious is the problem that MSE is alerting you to?
If you follow a few security measures it’s perfectly safe to uninstall an old anti-malware program and then install your new choice.
It’s best to uninstall old anti-virus software before installing a new one, assuming you make sure to stay safe during the transition.
Windows Defender is basically Security Essentials by another name… except for the time when it wasn’t. Defender is included in Windows 8, except if you want to run it offline. MSE is a download. Yes, it’s confusing, but I’ll explain.
Recently statements were made by a Microsoft spokesperson that some interpreted as implying that Microsoft was giving up on Microsoft Security Essentials. I went to the source and asked for clarification.
When support for XP ends, you may find yourself open to unpatched vulnerabilities. Having an updated anti-malware tool is your first line of defense.
The “potentially unprotected” warning seems fairly common in situations where you really are still protected. I’ll cover several theories as to why it might appear.