Monitoring virus protection

One of the most important things you can do to protect your computer against viruses is to install an anti-virus software product. Once installed, however, the anti-virus software must be kept up to date to ensure protection against new viruses as they are created.

No matter which anti-virus software product you use, if you find yourself in either of the following situations, you are putting your computer at risk for virus attack:

  • Your trial or subscription period has expired.
  • Your virus signature files are out of date.

Anti-virus Monitoring is a secondary defense system that tracks anti-virus software you have installed on your computer and lets you know when that anti-virus software is out-of-date or turned off. This secondary alerting system works as a back-up to your anti-virus software’s built-in warning and update system. Most anti-virus products include automatic updating, and alert you when your virus definition files become outdated. Note that not all anti-virus products are supported by this feature.

In This Section

Monitoring Coverage

Monitoring product status

Monitoring antivirus status alerts

Enabling and disabling Anti-virus Monitoring

Viewing Status Messages in the Anti-virus Monitoring panel

Viewing items in quarantine

See Also

Virus and spyware protection

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