Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: updating programs with an active antivirus installed

15 Apr 2012   #1

windows 8.1 pro
updating programs with an active antivirus installed

this has been bothering me for a while, microsoft and many other companies offer every once in a while updates to their programs, adobe office, explorers etc... if i have an active antivirus program, how important is it to always update, for instance if the update is a security update.

case in point, if i have a computer that i do not surf the net, only work on, but i transfer files to another computer back and forth with a usb chip.
or another example, if i connect the above computer only through outlook to get emails, do i have to worry about always updating microsoft office or adobe programs.

of course my anti virus is always updated.

(i hope i put the question in the right section)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

You should always ensure that your computer is as up to date as possible. This includes not only your anti-virus (AV) program, but also other applications such as MS Office and Adobe as well. We need to remember that, so long as your machine is connected to the Internet, it is continually being bombarded with traffic, some of which you have solicited (requested when asking for a web page), and some which you haven't. In most cases, the unsolicited traffic will be blocked, and you won't be aware of its existence. However, no anti-malware program is totally foolproof, so you still need to ensure that your defences are as secure as possible. Even if your AV is up to date, malware is being written all the time and it is quite possible that it is designed to target particular applications, such as Adobe Reader, etc, and if your AV doesn't yet have the definitions to detect it, then it will just pass through and infect the target program through code exploits and other techniques. By ensuring that applications are kept up to date, these code loopholes are kept to an absolute minimum.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Apr 2012   #3

windows 8.1 pro

dwarf, thanks for your reply, if i understood correctly, the answer is yes to always update, and the reason is because no antivirus is 100 percent. therefore even a computer that does not connect to internet, it should be kept up to date.
it just seemed a little odd that the antivirus might not have this specific virus detected, and microsoft and adobe would.

thank you very much for your reply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 updating programs with an active antivirus installed

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Recently installed programs not showing up in add/remove programs?
Hello Today I decided to install some stuff on my computer as it was out of date.. I installed Java, Flash player and adobe reader X but when I go to add/remove they are not showing up in that section? Has anyone any suggestions or advice as to why this is happening? Thank you.
Windows live Mail error 0x800c0155.2 after updating AVG antivirus
On 8/1/2014 I downloaded an update prompted by AVG now My windows Live refuses to open... The error reads Windows Live Mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Live Mail message store. Your Windows Live Mail mailbox data is currently being used by another program...
Browsers & Mail
Fixing Boot Manager on SSD, Win7 installed with other HDD active
Found some other posts on this subject and it appears I need the Boot files copied to my SSD so it can boot without the other drive active. Situation is: Win7 installed on SSD while first system disk still connected now won't boot unless first system disk also installed. First system disk has...
Installation & Setup
Antivirus programs
I presently use an AVG free edition program for the anti-virus function. There is a McAfee connection to this Windows 7 also, it comes up but I've not subscribed to it myself. However, I am now offered a Virgin Media Security software service (as a Virgin cable user) free of charge - but if I...
System Security
Updating Various programs.
Had a cruddy run in with a fake antispyware program getting installed. Was able to remove it via Mbam. I did also find a registry entry via Hijack that was no good so I got rid of that too. Although now certain programs(WoW, iTunesstore) are not able to connect via their programs. I am able to go...
Network & Sharing
three antivirus programs
I have installed on my computer 3 anti virus – I think – avg free edition, avira, and microsoft security essentials, the reason being that many outsiders connect usb plug and play or other external etc… after getting a few viruses getting messed up etc.. I realized that this way I have a better...
System Security

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App