Those of you who use Microsoft Security Essentials to protect your Win7 machines (I do) were greeted with a new patch this morning.
As best as I can tell, KB 3205972 is completely undocumented -- it doesn’t appear on the official Windows Update list. There is no KB article.
And clicking on the “More information” link in Windows Update delivers an unhelpful picture of a family baking cookies with a non-Microsoft PC, inviting you to Shop Windows 10.
In my tests overnight, I was delighted to see that this latest version, 126.96.36.199, fixes a bug that was introduced two months ago in the previous version, 188.8.131.52 (which arrived in KB 3193414). That bug removed the “Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials …” entry from the right-click context menu on files and folders. Right-click “Scan with MSE” was present in 184.108.40.206, but it disappeared in September with 220.127.116.11. Now it’s back with 18.104.22.168.
I have no idea what, if anything, this latest version does, other than fix that bug.
The last patch brought a wave of paranoia -- folks are somehow reticent about installing undocumented patches to their antivirus software. This time, at least we all know we’re in the same boat.
The discussion continues on AskWoody.com.