Microsoft Security Essentials now permanently displays a red at risk flag on XP systems — despite being correctly updated. Here’s what’s going on.
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Updated MSE antivirus tool warns XP is ‘at risk’
Reader Carl Robinson was one of many readers who thought Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) had stopped working on XP systems.
- “Since Microsoft Security Essentials has gone bye-bye in Windows XP, what do you recommend as a replacement? Please tell us just which free and paid apps are best. Don’t just give us an unending list of what’s out there; we know them.”
Despite appearances, MSE still works correctly on XP, and Microsoft will continue to send out updated virus definitions through July 14, 2015.
On April 9, 2014 — one day after Microsoft dropped support for XP — MSE started displaying a red at risk flag on XP systems. The warning will be permanently displayed to remind you that XP is unpatched and potentially vulnerable to attack.
This change is explained in more detail on the Microsoft Community Wiki page, “Microsoft Security Essentials 126.96.36.199 on Windows XP — At Risk > 9 April, 2014.”