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Old 04-09-2014, 03:05 PM   #1
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I just switched from XP to Windows 7 Pro, and because I’ve got a Personal Information Manager that I like (DeskTop Set), I downloaded and installed Virtual PC and XP Mode.
The first time I opened Virtual PC, there was a little red shield “Windows Security Alerts.” I clicked it and got the Windows Security Center window which indicated that I had no virus protection. I’d just downloaded and install MS Security on Win 7, so… what gives?
Do I have to treat this virtual PC like a completely separate computer? I won’t be going online with it, but I’m not sure that will protect me.
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The Virtual Machine is like a second computer and you will need to install a free Anti-Virus program if the Virtual Machine goes online to update that OS , like Flash, Java, etc. Virus protection in virtual XP - Microsoft Community
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Make sure that in XP Mode and VM there are no other AV products. Windows Defender off. All Windows updates current including for XP Mode. No McAfee Security Scanner. Clock set correctly. Reboot.
If this doesn't work, clean boot in XP Mode:How to perform a clean boot in Windows and find the offending program.
If problem still occurs when clean booting, reinstall MSE for your OS.
Just read Spunk's Post. I believe MSE can be installed on the VM as MS claims their product works on other firms software.
DOUBLE EDIT if there is such a thing:
If all else fails MSE is supported free by MS. Just post here: https://support.microsoftsecurityessentials.com/?scrx=1

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