Hopefully somebody out there will be able to help me out. Its only just recently started to happen.
My startup seems to be very slow, slower than it used to be anyhow. Everything starts up ok, wallpaper loads, Rainmeter starts up, and then theres a delay. (everything seems to startup as usual apart from Vaio Gate software) Its then that the Service Center Flag pops up with a red cross and reports that i should check Windows Firewall and my anti-virus as they are turned off. Then after about 2 minutes, the red cross dissapears, Firewall and antivirus are back, Vaio Gate starts up and everything is ok.
Im using Eset Nod32 antivirus. Ive got Windows Firewall turned off and am using the Nod32 firewall in its place. Ive done virus scans a number of times and it always shows clean. Ive even downloaded Adaware and tried that, but that shows clean too. Ive also disabled everything barring antivirus software in startup menu and its still the same slow startup, still showing AV is off. I cant restore, because i dont have any restore points that go back far enough. I could do a fresh install of Windows 7, but i didnt want to take such drastic action, without searching for other alternatives to the problem first.
Thanks for any help.