By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2004-08-23 Print this article Print

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Windows XP with SP2 includes a Security Center that lets users check the status of automatic updates, their firewall and their anti-virus application. We tested this feature with a handful of anti-virus applications, and the Security Center did a good job of detecting the presence, virus definition file freshness and on/off state of our anti-virus applications.

In some cases, however, we did have to download patches for use with SP2. For example, after installing SP2 on a system running Symantec Corp.s AntiVirus Corporate Edition 9.0, the Security Center could tell we had anti-virus software installed, but it couldnt determine the softwares state. After installing an update from Symantecs Web site, the feature worked properly.

Senior Analyst Jason Brooks is at jason_brooks@ziffdavis.com.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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