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Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren't getting any more Windows security updates


You're security conscious. You're aware of the threats. You like to run a tight ship.

You keep up-to-date with the latest security patches, and - of course - you run an up-to-date anti-virus.

Well, things just got a heck lot more complicated for users of some anti-virus programs.

That's because Microsoft has said that customers who are running certain anti-virus products will not receive its bundle of January 2018 security patches (including mitigations against the Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws) unless their products certify that they don't make unsupported calls into Windows kernel memory.

According to Redmond, some security products jump through some hoops and perform double somersaults to bypass the Kernel Patch Protection built into the operating system. And unfortunately, those techniques, are incompatible with Microsoft's latest patches - and cause computers to blue screen.

So, Microsoft is demanding that anti-virus products certify that their software work with its...(continued)

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