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Windows 7: Windows Security Center service cannot be started

23 Jun 2012   #11
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You do not have the Security Center service as below?
correct.


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23 Jun 2012   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case, you could do either a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before it was deleted, or do a repair install to restore the service.
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23 Jun 2012   #13
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Update:

If you like, download and merge the REG file below, then restart the computer to see if it may be able to restore the Security Center service for you.


Attached Files
File Type: reg Security_Center.reg (5.1 KB, 242 views)
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23 Jun 2012   #14
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Update:

If you like, download and merge the REG file below, then restart the computer to see if it may be able to restore the Security Center service for you.
thnx Shawn - I did this and now it is listed in the extended and standard services. What should I do next?
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23 Jun 2012   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Just to double check to make sure that it's set like below. Are you still getting the error afterwards?

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23 Jun 2012   #16
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Just to double check to make sure that it's set like below. Are you still getting the error afterwards?
Yes, it is set as illustrated. Re-visited Action Center and the notification is gone.

Solved! Thnx to Shawn and everyone! You're all most AWESOME!!!!!

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23 Jun 2012   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Perfect. You're most welcome.
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23 Jun 2012   #18
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

mourning,
There is something else that bothers me. That service did not disappear by its little ol' lonesome self.

Most probably there was help from malware on your computer.

Unless the malware is removed, then the problem will reappear.

I recommend that you carry out this procedure:

HOW TO USE WINDOWS DEFENDER OFFLINE ON A USB STICK
Windows Defender Offline
· is a free standalone, bootable malware and virus remover from Microsoft.
· performs an offline scan of an infected PC to remove viruses, rootkits and other advanced malware.

Download Windows Defender Offline (about 764 kB)

See also: Windows Defender Offline

You will have the choice of downloading the 32bit version (x86) or the 64 bit version (x64).
The link will help you determine whether you are running a 32 bit version or 64 bit version of Windows

NOTE!! You can download and prepare a 32 bit version using a 64 bit version of Windows
NOTE!! You can download and prepare a 64 bit version using a 32bit version of Windows.

You run the 32 bit version on a 32 bit version of Windows.
You run the 64 bit version on a 64 bit version of Windows.

The 32 bit download file name is: mssstool32.exe
The 64 bit download file name is: mssstool64.exe

For the curious, this program was originally name Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.


INSTALLATION:
You will need an Internet Connection.
Insert 512 mB (Microsoft’s 256 mB is no longer accurate) or larger USB stick into a usb port.
Run the downloaded program--mssstool64.exe or mssstool32.exe
NEXT button
Choose the option On a USB flash drive that is not password protected
NEXT button
NEXT button
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The install program will format the usb stick using the NTFS format.
The install program will download about 210 mB.
The install program will name the USB stick WDO_Media32 or WDO_Media64
The WDO_Media32 usb stick will have used space of 255 mB (268,140,544 bytes)
The WDO_Media64 usb stick will have used space of 282 mB (296,165,376 bytes)
You can expect the number of mB to increase as more malware appears.

UPDATE Windows Defender Offline USB stick:
· reinsert the usb stick
· run the installation program, mssstool64.exe or mssstool32.exe, again.
· the update will download about 66 mB (mssstool32.exe) and 68 mB (mssstool64.exe).

Since the malware database is sometimes updated several times in a day, always update before running.

PERFORM AN OFFLINE SCAN
Bootup your computer from the USB stick
Windows Defender Offline will automatically perform a quick scan.
After the quick scan finishes, Choose Full Scan
Select all of your drives

The initial, full scan can easily take several hours, but
Remember, your computer is being very thoroughly checked for all types of malware.


RESULTS OF THE SCAN
The results will be in 4 log files on your computer's disk in:
\Windows\Microsoft Antimalware\Support
Upload the four log files please.
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23 Jun 2012   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great suggestion Karl.

I also think it would be wise to do what Karl suggested above to help be safe.
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23 Jun 2012   #20
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
mourning,
There is something else that bothers me. That service did not disappear by its little ol' lonesome self.

Most probably there was help from malware on your computer.

Unless the malware is removed, then the problem will reappear. ...
Hi Karlsnooks - as I indicated in post #1 I ran full scans with both Malwarebytes and MS Security Essentials and deleted all detected items (there were a few). I am bookmarking this post and will perform your procedure in the event the problem resurfaces. Thank you!

-Marcos
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