"Windows Security Center Services can't be started"

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Doug, Apr 15, 2007.

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    Doug Guest

    I downloaded and installed Norton antivirus 2007 for Vista. After a
    successful download, I turned on the firewall, checked for security updates,
    and ran live update. Now, the Security Center Services will not open. I
    talked to symantec and they informed me that once I downloaded Norton 2007,
    it migrated with Windows security and there is no problem. I have a GREEN
    check mark on my Norton icon in the systray and appear to be protected. I
    still would like to know if what symantec said is true, do I not need to
    worry about Windows Security Center opening? Anyone having this same
    problem? If so, I would like to hear from you. Thanks.
    Doug, Apr 15, 2007
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    Grant Guest

    Yeah, I have the same problem, but is Norton what caused it? Because I
    uninstalled it, and the Security Center still wont start.. and its pretty
    lame cause I dont have a firewall besides McAfee, and i feel that its not
    helping at all. :/
    Grant, Apr 15, 2007
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    Doug Guest

    I'm assuming Norton caused it because the Security Center was fine before
    loading the software. As mentioned, all defintitions are updated and
    firewall is on. I have a green checkmark in the Norton icon which is
    indicating I am protected. However, the fact that I can't open the Security
    Center is troublesome to me. Not sure what to do, if anything.
    Doug, Apr 16, 2007
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    lester valle Guest

    i have the same problem here gentlemen. and it seems we are blaming it
    on one thing, norton 2007.

    everything seemed to work well. my security center was functional,
    until i installed norton. eversince, i can't turn my security center on.

    i already uninstalled norton from my pc, but still the problem exists.

    i hope microsoft would check on this problem.
    lester valle, Apr 25, 2007
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    MRPGWEB Guest

    I have the Same problem. I downloaded Nortons 2007 and I am getting the exact
    same thing and I am not sure what needs to be done to resolve this?? HELP !
    MRPGWEB, Jun 7, 2007
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    Wfeg Guest


    I have the same problem, except that the error message 'security center
    can't be started' started to appear after the last windows Vista update
    (12-Jun-07). Prior to that, Security Center worked OK. Yes, I have Norton
    Anti-Virus 2007 installed, but this does not seem to be the problem with me
    because Security Center has worked up until the last Windows Vista Update.

    The problem falls squarely on Microsoft to fix this problem. Windows Vista
    is so buggy that it should never have been released. There are many problems
    with Vista. I have a core 2 duo computer running Windows Vista Home Premium.
    This runs much slower than my previous computer (Pentium 4/2.4 GHz) running
    Windows XP. Vista takes far too long to shut down. Updates invariably cause
    more problems than they cure. Security messages pop up everywhere all the
    time. Is this user-friendliness? Is this

    Microsoft- you have got your fingers severly burnt with Vista. Do something
    about it please.

    Wfeg, Jun 14, 2007
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    dawa747 Guest

    I had Norton2007 and the security center was running absulutly fin
    simultaneously, as the firewall and the antivirus of norton is show
    under ' window security center' but after i installed McAfee the proble
    started, the Window security center cant be started as the job is don
    by McAfee Security center. I uninstalled the McAfee antivirus bu
    couldnt able to unistall the 'McAfee Security Center' and the 'Window
    security center is not starting up
    A help would be appreciated,
    Vista is bad too.... beautiful graphics but lacks standard in task
    dawa747, Jun 30, 2008
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    Rojo Habe Guest

    Do you have a System Restore point from a time before you installed McAfee?
    You might even find McAfee created one for you.

    Click the Start button and type 'system restore' (without the quotes),
    followed by Enter. If Windows throws up a security message, click the
    Continue button. After a few seconds System Restore should appear. If the
    date of the suggested restore point is before you installed McAfee, click
    Next, and on the next page click Finish. If the suggested restore point is
    after you installed McAfee, select "Choose a different restore point" before
    clicking Next. This will give you a list of recent restore points. If they
    don't go far back enough, tick the box that says "Show restore points older
    than 5 days". If you can find one that says "Installed McAfee" or something
    similar, pick that, otherwise pick one that occurs immediately before you
    installed it (or as close as you can). Click Next and follow the
    instructions. Windows will reboot and restore your system to the time
    selected. You will not lose any files in the process, but any software
    you've installed since that time will have to be installed again.
    Rojo Habe, Jun 30, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Go to McAfee's site, and get their Removal Tool to remove the remains of
    their Program!
    Mick Murphy, Jun 30, 2008
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    Milo Guest

    Just a Question did you remove Norton properly prior to installation of
    mcafee? Anyhow a direct support group for your concern is available if
    you're in the US/CANADA
    try calling up a free support group 866 727 2338 ( Microsoft PCSafety )
    Milo, Jul 1, 2008
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    Beoweolf Guest

    Once installed, Norton A/V, MacAfee as well as Symantec A/V are extremely
    difficult to remove. They are apparently imbedded in the registry, hidden
    deeply on several levels. As mentioned by several responders, go to the web
    site and see if they offer an uninstall or cleaner file. Alternatively, use
    your backup to restore the system to a configuration prior to the A/V

    Check on the internet for cases where others have, post apocalyptically,
    found them selves in similar circumstances when desiring or are forced to
    remove These invasive security program. As you found out, they tend to leave
    behind "bread crumbs' which prevent Defender or Microsoft security programs
    from starting, even after they are removed.
    Beoweolf, Jul 2, 2008
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    dawa747 Guest

    thanks all.
    I cant do system restore as restore is not available beyong ten restore
    I consulted with the macafee, but i am not satisfied with their
    solution. My problem is still there. cant start windows security center
    and cant put on the windows firewall. windows firewall options are
    unavailable and says " For security reason, some settings are control by
    group policy." I dont know how to check the group policy and am not in
    any domain.
    dawa747, Jul 2, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Did you check the box that will go further back than five days?
    Nonny, Jul 2, 2008
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    brutium Guest

    Hello Everyone.

    I am Brutium and I am new here.

    I surely hope someone will be able to help me. I am currently running
    Vista Business edition (32 Bit). Recently I noticed on the taskbar a red
    shield with a white X in it. Scrolling over this it says "Windows
    Security Alerts". I tried to open it and change the "Automatic
    updating", since it has (by magic, Microsoft magic that is...) turned
    from on to off. I went through all the necessary steps, but untimately I
    get a message that says, "Security Center can't change your automatic
    updating settings". I tried to find a solution on the internet, but
    without success. I am now turning to you and I hope you will be able to
    help me. PS. I cannot run, nor install any Windows Updates. I have
    scanned my system for viruses as well as spyware. The system seems to be
    clean. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I was using Norton
    Corporate edition 10 as an Antivirus, and I do not think it was a norton
    problem since I have been running this antivirus for a long time without
    any problem.
    brutium, Jul 7, 2008
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    Malke Guest


    You've posted in someone else's thread. That's because you aren't really
    posting in a forum like you think you are; you're using a web interface
    that simply scrapes Usenet posts. Instead, set up a real newsreader (very
    easy to do) and make a new post, including all pertinent information per
    the "How To Post" section below. Here's how:

    Since you are using a web interface, you may not realize that this is really
    a newsgroup. You will get far more out of this resource if you learn to use
    a newsreader. There are many good newsreaders for Windows, but you can use
    Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) since you already have it.
    Here are some links to information about newsgroups:

    About Usenet:
    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/ - Usenet FAQs from the Internet FAQ Archives
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Usenet - a brief explanation
    of newsgroups

    Outlook Express/Windows Mail as Newsreader:

    How to Post:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375 - How to Ask a Question
    http://users.tpg.com.au/bzyhjr/liszt.htm - How Not to Get Technical Help on

    http://aumha.org/nntp.htm - list of MS newsgroups
    microsoft.public.test.here - MS group to test if your newsreader is working
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/munad.htm - how to munge email address
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossposting - crossposting
    http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm - multiposting

    Other Newsreaders for Windows:
    http://www.forteinc.com/main/homepage.php - Forte
    http://www.mozilla.org - Thunderbird

    Malke, Jul 7, 2008
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