This could happen even if you dont have all of the required updates for your OS.
Could you please run a windows update and check whether there exists any important update (I would say especially service pack 1)
And regarding your your concern , if your antivirus is turned on all the time, you dont have to worry regarding your computers security.
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thanks for replying
Windows is up to date - I'm running Service Pack 2
Am I right in thinking as long as McAfee says I'm protected I'm fine????
I just rebooted again and left it 5-10mins before looking in Control Panel and when I did Windows says I am protected.
Could it be something to do with the start-up of the computer? As I say, I'm not an expert so I apologise for asking stupid questions.
Must admit that get this sometimes too. At start-up Windows loads but the antivirus program is a bit slow when loading. Then windows says I'm unprotected but when the antivirus software is loaded then everything is green again. You could check if your version of Windows is up-to-date by visiting Microsoft Update and click on the "Custom" button. That way you not only see the critical updates but also the optional updates.
Assuming you have the latest version of McAfee's software installed....
Does that mean I am unprotected until Windows goes green? My McAfee says I'm protected right from the off.
I worked out today that it can take up to five minutes for the Windows status to go green, yet McAfee says I'm protected from the moment the computer fires up.
Do you think it's just a glitch and Windows is just taking longer to recognise McAfee is working???
I am completely up to date with my updates - including the optional ones.
From my that you provided that mcafee says Am I protected?YES immediately at the start but windows says the same message after 5 minutes.
You no need to worry as soon as mcafee starts it protects the computer. windows security center checks the programs and then it confirms for the presence of software in working condition. So till mcafee status says Am I protected?YES you no need to worry.
thanks yoga - much appreciated