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What does a red dot on the icon mean

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I shut down the guard during an install of a program. When I rebooted the computer, the antimalware icon in the status bar had a white circle with a red dot overlaying the shield. A second reboot removed the dot. What does it mean?

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It means that all of the real-time guards (File Guard, Behavior Blocker, and Surf Protection) are not running. You can right-click on the icon, go to Guard state, and click Enable all guards when that happens, and it should turn them all on.

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This suggests the user chose the 'Guard State -> Disable all Guards' option in EAM, whereas perhaps they might have been better to use 'Pause protection -> Disable for nn minutes, or Disable until reboot'.   

 

Which one makes sense most depends I suppose on whether you think an install process will need a reboot and then further actions, all of which you want EAM off for.  I tend to use the 'disable until reboot' option because it doesn't need me to remember to turn EAM back on later.

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This suggests the user chose the 'Guard State -> Disable all Guards' option in EAM, whereas perhaps they might have been better to use 'Pause protection -> Disable for nn minutes, or Disable until reboot'.   

 

Which one makes sense most depends I suppose on whether you think an install process will need a reboot and then further actions, all of which you want EAM off for.  I tend to use the 'disable until reboot' option because it doesn't need me to remember to turn EAM back on later.

Good deduction! I didn't think to click on the Pause Protection entry. I just saw Shutdown Guard.

 

And thanks to GT500 for the explanation.

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