Malke's advice is excellent, but it may or may not fix the problem.
There is an ongoing serious issue with erroneous reports by Security Center.
I have seen it at various times over the last few years involving Panda,
Symantec and McAfee as well. The problem is that WMI information is only
one of two methods used by Windows to detect AV programs. The other is a
"manual detection mode" as described under "How does Windows Security
Center detect third-party products and their status?" in the KB article
"Frequently asked questions about Windows Security Center."
Vendor's uninstallers are frequently defective and may leave an orphaned DLL
file or registry key behind which is part of the manual criteria used by SC
for that product, and which is not publically available. This is not
Microsoft's fault, but I think they need to provide a way to override/clear
the SC warning when erroneous especially because it sometimes blocks
installation of a replacement AV program which may itself use WMI to detect
whether another AV program is present and require you to uninstall it.
Sometimes this problem can be fixed by an AV vendors clean up utility. When
that fails I've had some luck with text searches of system files to try to
find the vendors name in DLLs, or registry searches, but I would not
recommend these tactics for most end users. Sometimes it's virtually
impossible to resolve by any means.
"POPTOPP" <POPTOPP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I installed a trial version of Kaspersky Internet Security which I later
> removed. The problem is that now within Security Center, Malware/Virus
> protection has the big red flag with the message "Kaspersky Internet
> reports that it is turned off. Kaspersky Internet Security has not
> Security Center with a program to fix this issue". Technically, I
> say the software is in an "off" state - the software doesn't exist any
> The message I'd think should be displayed is that virus protection
> is not installed.
> I've run the Kaspersly uninstall, verified that everything is gone from
> the program files and program data folders, and searched the registry for
> references to Kaspersky. Granted, this is not hurting functionality, but
> is annoying. Obviously, there's still a flag somewhere. Any suggestions
> to where I should look?