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- Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher -


The Windows Security Center checks the status of a computer for important security aspects.

If a problem is detected with one of these important points (e.g. an outdated anti-virus program), the Security Center issues an alert and gives recommendations on how to protect your computer better.

The Windows Security Center and your Avira product

Virus protection software / Protection against malicious software

You may receive the following information from the Windows Security Center with regard to your virus protection:

Virus protection NOT FOUND

This information of the Windows Security Center appears when the Windows Security Center has not found any anti-virus software on your computer.

Avira wsc not%20found Windows Security Center

Install your Avira product on your computer to protect it against viruses and other unwanted programs!

Virus protection OUT OF DATE

If you have already installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista and then install your Avira product or you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista on a system on which your Avira product has already been installed, you will receive the following message:

Avira wsc out%20of%20date Windows Security Center

In order for the Windows Security Center to recognize your Avira product as up-to-date, an update must be performed after installation. Update your system by carrying out an update.

Virus protection ON

After installing your Avira product and performing a subsequent update, you will receive the following message:

Avira wsc on Windows Security Center

Your Avira product is now up-to-date and the Avira Real-Time Protection is enabled.

Virus protection OFF

You receive the following message if you disable the Avira Real-Time Protection or stop the Real-Time Protection service.

Avira wsc off Windows Security Center

You can enable or disabled Avira Real-Time Protection in the Status section of the Control Center. You can also see that the Avira Real-Time Protection is enabled if the red umbrella in your taskbar is open.

Virus protection NOT MONITORED

If you receive the following message from the Windows Security Center, you have decided that you want to monitor your anti-virus software yourself.

Avira wsc not%20monitored Windows Security Center

This function is not supported by Windows Vista.

The Windows Security Center is supported by your Avira product. You can enable this option at any time via the Recommendations button.


Even if you have installed Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista, you still require a virus protection solution. Although Windows monitors your anti-virus software, it does not contain any anti-virus functions itself. Therefore you would not be protected against viruses and other malware without an additional anti-virus solution!

Windows Security Center