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Windows 7: Another "Windows Security Center Is Turned Off" Help Request

16 Dec 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

HJT doesn't recognize a lot of the O9's and O23's, (especially if you're running 64 bit) so please don't be worried about the aspect of the 'file missing' log.

Please post the log from Eset (hopefully you saved it!), so I can see what was found and quarantined.

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17 Dec 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

Jacee (and all others),

Sorry, but I didn't keep the logs you requested. In any case, I've reached the point where I am going to do a complete reformat/reinstall of Win7. Several reasons, but the most prominant one is I recently discovered my recent installation on the free AVG has also become corrupted. In the Advanced Settings/Anti-Virus/Resident Shield/Exceptions settings, two entries were made (not by me) to ignore two websites. FOR REFERENCE ONLY, these two sites URL's are (I do NOT recommend you go to these links):


My research indicates they are two online gaming communities. Why they ended up in my Exceptions settings is beyond me, but I did not put them there. In conjunction with my research that indicates the Trojans associated with the "Windows 7 Security 2012" initial attack, which states it is a varient of previous versions designed to collect personal information about financial account numbers, etc, for identity theft purposes (to buy online gaming time among other things), I am not going to continue to risk "hoping" I have fixed the current problem.

I have used ESET Nod32 for over 7 years now, and this is the first time I have ever be "Trojaned" by anything since using it. Whatever the current "Windows 7 Security 2012" is/was, it completely got by my ESET protection. And it appears it can do things to other anti-virus and security applications also (including possibly infiltrating Windows 7 to the extent of disabling/eliminating all Win7 security features too).

Live and learn. It's been over a decade since I had to do a full re-install of any OS due to an "attack". But this looks like a good time to do one.

Thanks for all the support provided. I'm going to close this thread as "Solved", even though we couldn't actually do it (for a variety of possible reasons, none of which reflect on the support of this forum).
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18 Dec 2011   #13

Vista Home Premium
Security Center won't start problem solved

I also contracted the "Vista Anti-Virus 2012" malware.

I found the solution to the Security Center problem here.

I also had the missing windows firewall service problem. I found this post ... it fixed it!

Merry Christmas!

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18 Dec 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FalconAF View Post
Sorry, but I didn't keep the logs you requested. In any case, I've reached the point where I am going to do a complete reformat/reinstall of Win7.
FalconAF, that too bad, but of course a full reinstall should take care of things nicely. One thing I wanted to be clear on, though - did you run MAMB after the infection was noticed to see what it would find?
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19 Dec 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

Yes, I did. And it found a couple things left over after I installed AVG while waiting for an answer from ESET.

I'm totally back up and OK with no unsavory items on my computer now. I did it a bit different than doing a full re-install of Win7. I re-ran all the procedures again from the bleepingcomputer site. During the process, none of the applications logged any rootkits or malware. But my Security Center was still hosed and missing, and I could not re-register ESET yet.

So I tried a "repair" of Win7 using a guide I found here on the site, using the Win7 installation disk. That restored all my Win7 Security Center functions. Then I re-ran the bleepingcomputer series again, and everything still came up clean. At that point, ESET antivirus let me re-register it on my computer. Full computer scan with ESET then showed no issues.

So I made an immediate Win7 Restore Point then a full computer disk image using my O&O Disk Image application. Will be more diligent in the future about making manual Restore Points, but I still leave that function disabled because it interferes too much with some of the computing horsepower I need sometimes (and some reports I read indicated the Trojan disabled the Windows Restore Point function anyhow, so having a Restore Point was no guarantee you could use one). However, I WILL make "manual" Restore Points from now as needed when I make significant software/hardware changes to my computer.

Thanks to all here for the assistance. Some of the replies pointed me to other threads in this forum (the Win7 re-install tutorial, for instance) that gave me some "why not try this" options before resorting to a full Win7 re-install. The support and knowledge base here, and their willinginess to help, is outstanding.
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