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Windows 7: MSE not updating beyond definition version 1.143.376.0

21 Jan 2013   #1
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
MSE not updating beyond definition version 1.143.376.0

I noticed yesterday (January 20th) that MSE had not updated its definitions like it always does automatically every day. Finding that odd, I ran a manual update and still did not find any definition updates. I decided to give this the benefit of the doubt however, since at that point the definitions were only 1 day old; maybe things were slow yesterday?

Today, the January 21st, MSE is still not detecting any definition updates on Windows Update and MSE is reporting that the definitions are 2 days old, a clear sign that the definitions are getting dated even by MSE's standards.

Now usually, MS releases around 2~4 definition updates every day on average. I therefore find it particularly strange and uncomforting that MSE has still not found a definition update after 2 days of no updates. I tried Googling and looking on MS's website to see if something was up, but I found nothing from a quick look. I know that this isn't just my computer acting like a troll since I also tried updating my laptop's MSE and it too had the same issue of no updates, my mother's laptop's MSE is also not updating, effectively ruling out the possibility of a local issue.

I've attached screenshots of my MSE's update tab and "About" window for reference.

So thus the million dollar question: Is MS simply being lazy about their definition updates? Is the virus scene being strangely stagnant? Is support for MSE suddenly being pulled? Was Windows Update compromised?

I am not sure about the underlying cause nor reason for this problem, but this simply doesn't feel normal!




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21 Jan 2013   #2
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

I was on my way to open a thread...you've done it!

Yes it is not going further v1.143.376 with my MSE aswell since 01/19/2013

Might MS being very upset about Microsoft Rebuts Antivirus Test Failure
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21 Jan 2013   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

It looks like MS is creating new definitions, but the updating is not working.

You can download the latest definition file from here and install it manually:
Install the latest Microsoft Security Essentials definition updates - Get the latest definitions - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

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21 Jan 2013   #4
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Thanks for the head-up! Links are for latest Definition Updates and aswell the latest Network Inspection version.
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21 Jan 2013   #5
Urthboundmisfit

Wind 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Thanks...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
It looks like MS is creating new definitions, but the updating is not working.

You can download the latest definition file from here and install it manually:
Install the latest Microsoft Security Essentials definition updates - Get the latest definitions - Microsoft Malware Protection Center
...for the heads-up!
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21 Jan 2013   #6
jamtomorrow

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Just clicked on Update within the program and it updated to 1.143.381.0. A few moments later, clicked on Update again and it updated to 1.143.383.0. GUI still reports definitions created 2 days ago.
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21 Jan 2013   #7
paulobao

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I've the same behavior....but if I click UPDATE the definitions are still the same (no UPDATE here!!!)! Found this behavior yestarday and I updated it manually! No more automatic updates!

Anyone knows if they plan to discontinue MSE free?

Cheers,
paulo
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21 Jan 2013   #8
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Same here 2 manual update took me to 383 then 387 even though it said already updated.....strange
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21 Jan 2013   #9
BrightBlessings

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

This was an auto update that came in to my pc this morning. Seems to work fine in this part of the world.
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21 Jan 2013   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

@BrightBlessings
From what I see you don't have the latest definitions.

The latest virus definition version is: 1.143.479.0 | Released: Jan 22, 2013 02:05 AM UTC

This page has the latest definitions, and as far as I can tell you have to manually install them.
Install the latest Microsoft Security Essentials definition updates - Get the latest definitions - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

They aren't coming in through Windows Updates yet...
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