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curly
22-12-2012, 04:39 PM
Windows security Center is turned off and the security center cannot be started, says a popup when the computer is booted.

The operating system is Vista Ultimate.

What do I need to do to fix the problem ?

Merry Xmas to all :-)

Nick G
22-12-2012, 05:38 PM
Do you have an antivirus installed?

the_bogan
22-12-2012, 05:43 PM
Possibly a completely incorrect assumption, but sounds like what happened to me when I got infected with Win32/Sirefef.gen!C recently.
Does going to various security related sites redirect you to a similar looking fake page?

Nick G
22-12-2012, 06:45 PM
Oh Vista, not windows8, misread it sorry. :blush:
the-bogan sounds right, looks like a virus.

http://www.malwarehelp.org/fake-windows-security-center-analysis-and-removal-2009.html
If it is the windows security center virus, the above link provided a pretty good set of instructions on how to remove it.

the_bogan
22-12-2012, 06:54 PM
http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?Name=Win32/Sirefef#add_rem

From (my) memory, I reinstalled, MSSE, ran a scan, which identified a couple of things, used CCleaner to clear out temp stuff, ran an online scan of NOD32, which found stuff in a temp folder that CCleaner didn't..

Just wondering if this thread and http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?128470-How-can-I-get-rid-of-Claro-search-toolbar-and-Babylon-toolbar are related.

curly
22-12-2012, 07:09 PM
Do you have an antivirus installed?

Yes, MSE and I have scanned today to see if it found anything, but alas no, nothing found.

the_bogan
22-12-2012, 07:13 PM
Try this link

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9747908

It's meant to detect and repair the security settings

curly
22-12-2012, 08:07 PM
Possibly a completely incorrect assumption, but sounds like what happened to me when I got infected with Win32/Sirefef.gen!C recently.
Does going to various security related sites redirect you to a similar looking fake page?

No, not that I am aware of anyway.

curly
22-12-2012, 09:48 PM
Do you have an antivirus installed?

Yes I do.

curly
22-12-2012, 11:11 PM
Ran NOD32/ ESET online scanner. 202753 files took 2 hours 23 minutes, but best of all, no infected files.

So I guess back to square one, but I have a few follow up's to do yet! But its getting late, so tomorrow...

Speedy Gonzales
23-12-2012, 08:28 AM
Get farbar service scanner. (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-service-scanner/)Run it as admin, then tick all but the last option. Copy and paste what comes up in here. We'll see if any services are missing