This afternoon, I turned on my laptop at work and all hell broke loose. I wasn't connected to the internet at all, but a little icon popped up saying that McAfee's "Real Time Protection" had been disabled. It would not allow me to enable it again. I tried to scan my computer, but it wouldn't let me do that, either. My next step was to go into System Restore, but it wouldn't let me access the security center. I also got a Windows Security Alert saying that the security center had been turned off. When I tried to turn it on, I got a message saying "The Security Center service can't be started."
I turned off the computer and restarted it in safe mode. On the first two tries, safe mode wouldn't load, so I had to restart the computer again and start from scratch. On the third time, it loaded, but it had the same problem as regular startup. Now I can't see McAfee anywhere (it's completely vanished). I also can't access Processes in the Task Manager, although my CPU is off the charts, so something is going on.
Tried to start the security center from Command Prompt, but again, it says that it can't be started.
This reminds me a lot of the Vista Pro virus, which I had a couple of months ago (McAfee apparently really sucks at protecting me from these things) in the way it's manifesting, although it's not giving me any of the Vista Pro messages AND it doesn't appear to be starting when I start up other programs (although since I can't see my process, who the heck knows).
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by Budapest, 09 June 2010 - 07:24 PM.
Moved from Vista ~BP