ndows Security Center"> Windows Security Center 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.Senior Analyst Jason Brooks is at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at http://windows.eweek.com for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
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.