I'm new here and I did a quick search about this topic but did not immediately find anything on point... so I apologize if this has been rehashed previously. Anyway, I have been reading that Windows XP Service Pack 2 will have a "Security Center" control panel applet that will provide various new functionality. One of the items mentioned was an Antivirus Monitor. Apparently, it queries for certain WMI information and reports if your AV software is up-to-date and whatnot. I have also noticed essentially the same AV Monitoring functionality in the new ZoneAlarm 5.0 code. Is this new functionality dependent upon a new API that the AV providers must specifically support? Or is this more of a matter of Microsoft/ZoneLabs simply "deeming" you monitor-worthy? As a regestered user of NOD32 can I expect that my software will be compatible with such features, or will NOD32 sort of be "under the radar" and only the big name AV players will see support? I am asking really more out of curiousity rather than any desperate need. I don't expect either XP SP2 or ZA5 to make or break my AV updating or purchasing patterns, but still I sort of like all of my software to play nice with each other. Moreover, I just didn't know if this mildly useful AV monitoring feature was really more of just a means to get AV providers to pony up to be an "authorized provider" and/or if it was just one more means of not-so-subtle, self-reinforcing promotion for the big name AV providers.