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Can't Access Security Center?!?


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#1 Venek

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 12:14 AM

Hello, could use some help here.

After my fiance unwittingly downloaded and opened a supposed picture from a friend (it was a DOS exe file that turned out to be malware), it created a host of problems which, I think, for the most part I've solved except for one thing. When I open up the Security Center, it tells me it's unavailable because it wasn't started or stopped. It goes on to tell me to restart the computer and open it up again, in which I just get the same message.

I ran Spybot and it found entries in my Registry that the Firewall, Security Center, Anti-Virus, etc. has been overridden. Despite fixing them in Spybot, it doesn't seem to have solved the problem. Is this something I'll have to do in safe mode and delete some hidden file that I have no idea where it is?

I use AVG for Anti-Virus, ZoneAlarm Firewall, as well as Prevx1 (WONDERFUL malware detection/cleaning tool, if you ask me).

Can anyone help me get rid of this nagging problem? I've come so close to finally wiping my computer clean, and yet it's so far...I've been struggling with this for several days now.

Thanks in advance!
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Posted 11 June 2006 - 12:30 AM

Also checked out Windows Firewall, and I get a line that says:

"For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy"

That can't be right because I'M supposed to be the one making the settings!
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Posted 11 June 2006 - 10:27 AM

Does what you are trying to describe from the Spybot scan look like this.

Why does Spybot-S&D flag changes in the Windows Security Center?

Have you tried to start the Security Center service? To do this,
Start > Run > Type: services.msc
Click OK
Scroll down to and double click Security Center service
Set the "startup type" to Automatic
Click the Start button > When Security Center service has started, close Services.

BTW, Spybot and other legit programs will automatically place restrictions in certain areas without your input when you install them.
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