Saturday, February 08, 2014

Windows 8 Action Center reports two copies of Webroot Secure Anywhere-- Is this a problem?

Following up on the Jan. 21 report of the McAfee "free" scan (offered by Adobe) showing duplicate anti-virus products, I notice, by looking in the Security section of the Windows 8 Action Center, that Microsoft reports two copies of Webroot Secure Anywhere installed.  I don't know if that is a problem or not. The Webroot Secure Anywhere box comes up and says everything is running normally, and that Firewall is on.

Action Center reports that Windows Firewall is running.  Webroot reports that its own firewall is running.  It does appear that the Windows Firewall does operate, for it interrupts whenever a new program tries to install something, in a normal way.

Action Center also reports that Windows Defender is available but turned off.  The malicious software tool gets updated automatically (and that particular update tends to take a long time to install).

I don't know if the two instances of Webroot in the Security listing in the Action Center is a problem.

Action Center update stops when the computer is in use.  Sometimes it warns me that "Action Maintenance was delayed".  Usually this warning eventually goes away, particularly if the computer is left idle for more than 15 minutes so it can finish something.  It seems to want to do defragging, which may not be necessary. 

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