After Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is installed and seems to be runnning correctly, the MSE icon turns from green to orange, and you receive a message that states that the computer is not protected.
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Use the following methods to resolve this issue:Method 1: Clear the MS AntiMalware check box in CCleaner
If you use CCleaner on the computer, follow these steps to change the CCleaner settings:
Method 2: Make sure that the date and time are set correctly on the computer
- In CCleaner, click the Applications tab.
- Under Windows, clear the MS Antimalware check box.
To set the date and time on a computer that is running Windows 7, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Date and Time.
- Click the Date and Time tab, and then click Change date and time. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- In the Date and Time Settings dialog box, do one or more of the following:
- To change the hour, double-click the hour, and then click the arrows to increase or decrease the value.
- To change the minutes, double-click the minutes, and then click the arrows to increase or decrease the value.
- To change the seconds, double-click the seconds, and then click the arrows to increase or decrease the value.
- When you have finished changing the time settings, click OK.
- To change the time zone, click Change time zone. In the Time Zone Settings dialog box, click your current time zone in the drop-down list, and then click OK.
Note If your time zone observes Daylight Saving Time and you want your computer's clock to be adjusted automatically when Daylight Saving Time changes, make sure that the Automatically adjust clock for Daylight Saving Time check box is selected.
- Click OK.
For information about how to set the date and time in Windows Vista, see Set the clock
For information about how to set date and time in Windows XP, see 307938: HOW TO: Change Date, Time, Number, and Currency Value Displays in Windows XP
.Method 3: Remove all traces of other security programs from the computer
Make sure that all traces of the security programs that are installed on the computer are removed. This includes any free or trial products that were pre-installed when you bought the computer, even if they were never activated. Also, make sure to completely uninstall the security program that you were using before you installed Microsoft Security Essentials. Some security programs have their own firewall. By removing these products, the Windows Firewall will be enabled. By default, MSE uses the Windows Firewall.Note:
Security software includes programs such as anti-virus, anti-spyware or anti-malware programs.
If you aren't sure what security programs are installed on the computer, you can use the AppRemover utility from OPSWAT, Inc. to identity the software. To obtain AppRemover, visit http://www.appremover.com/
After you identify the security programs that are installed on the computer or have been partially removed from the computer, you can use a cleanup tool or instructions from the security program manufacturer to completely remove the program.
For more information about the cleanup tools that are available for a specific product, see 2688686: List of security program cleanup and uninstall tools
After all other security programs are removed and cleanup is completed, restart the computer, and then verify that Windows Firewall is turned on. You can check the status of the Windows Firewall in the Action Center (or Security Center if you are using Windows XP), or by using Control Panel.
- For information about Action Center, see What is Action Center?
- For information about Security Center, see Using Windows Security Center.
- For information about using Control Panel to check Windows Firewall status, see Turn Windows Firewall on or off.