Staying updated on security
Question : Why
does Windows say my antivirus program is out of date when I just recently
installed it ?
Answer : The Security Center feature in Windows XP ( Service Pack
2 ) monitors the defensive readiness and state of your system's firewall and
antivirus programs, as well as its Windows Automatic Updates settings.
The security Center has most likely detected that the antivirus program
has not been updated.
To keep your PC protected from new viruses, Trojan horses and other
malicious software flying around the Internet, the antivirus program needs
to download regular updates from the manufacturer.
Try opening and manually updating your anti-virus program ( most recently
ones have an Update button on the main screen ), or adjusting the program's
settings so updates can be automatically downloaded more frequently.
You may also get a Security Center alert if the subscription for your
antivirus program has expired - which means your PC is not currently
protected against threats.