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I recently had a run in with the Windows 7 Internet Security 2012 MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware and now I have a red x in my status bar tray, clicking it shows the Action Center saying "The Windows Security Center Service can't be started". After Googling for hours all that I was able to find about this was to press Windows Key + R, type in "services.msc", look for "Security Center" in the list, and set it's Startup Type to "Automatic (Delayed)".

My problem is that there is NO Security Center in my list of services to even SET to Automatic (Delayed). It's completely missing from the list! I have also seen them say to type "sfc /scannow" in a command prompt with elevated administration privileges to run the system file checker, but that just said "did not find any integrity violations". So i came here under recommendation of a high level tech geek at my work. I hope you can help! Sad

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Re: Windows Security Center Service is missing - SOLUTION

Just for reference, here's a screenshot of the Security Center / Action Center being discussed in this thread:

 
Windows Security Center / Action Center - Service Missing
 

The Solution:

You'll need to re-add the registry keys that the virus deleted. Fortunately, this is easy. I've whipped up a couple of .reg files so it's just a 2 second job.

 

Instructions:

  1. If you're running a 32-Bit version of Windows extract the wscsvc.reg from the (x32) .zip file, OR
    If you're on a 64-Bit version of Windows extract the one from the (x64) .zip file

  2. Simply double-click on the wscsvc.reg file

  3. Accept any dialog boxes asking if you're sure whether you want to do this

  4. Reboot your computer

  5. Upon reboot the Security Center Service will have been added back and already set to "Automatic (Delayed)" Startup Mode. Smile

 
 

Here's the file to download: Missing Windows Security Center Fix

 

Also, if you're fighting with the Windows 7 Internet security Virus be sure to see our solution here: Windows 7 Internet security Virus Easy Fix



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Re: Windows Security Center Service is missing - SOLUTION

thanks you so much been at this for 4 hours within a few minutes of reading your page my security system is up and running.

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Re: Windows Security Center Service is missing - SOLUTION

thankyou so much was going crazy ,your a genius thanks once again .ps do you have a solution to security in vista 64 i mean a good virus or MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware solution .kind regards m t langan

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Re: Windows Security Center Service is missing - SOLUTION
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do you have a solution to security in vista 64 i mean a good virus or MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware solution

Very happy we could help. For MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware / antivirus I personally use Avast! Internet Security, and MalwareBytesMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware as an on-demand scanner (a sort of "second opinion"). Avast! has a free version and a subscription version, both are good but speaking just for myself, I use the full subscription version.



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 thankyou my man for the speedy reply ill check the sugestions out 

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Thanks a lot, it did work. Got service center back :-)

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Re: Windows Security Center Service is missing and won't ...

I'm having the same problem and tried to download your zip file but then couldn't open it because it said there wasn't a program associated with it.
Please help!!!!!

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Another easy fix Smile Just download & install 7-Zip and then you can open / extract our files.



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Re: Windows Security Center Service is missing and won't ...

Jester Hello to All,

I recently had the same problem where "Microsoft Security Centre" was switched off and could not be restarted, and after a little head scratching, these are my findings and a safe and practical solution to the problem.

  • Firstly - head to this web page and download "Autoruns" from the "Windows Sysinternals" webpage.
  • Next - go to this web page and download new copy of "Microsoft Security Essentials" (links to Both programs are genuine microsoft downloads)

Now we have the necessary programs , we are ready to go.

  • Firstly, open start menu and type "services.msc" into search bar
  • right click on the entry for "Microsoft Security Essentials" that should appear and DELETE it
  • Now open and install the "Autoruns" package you downloaded , Run it , and look for a "Windows logon" entry for "Windows Security Essentials" ( TIP:- look for the logo !) What you will find is that the Registry entry has been altered and coded, so it will tell "Windows" to first "Disable" the Registry entry , and then "Hide" the disabled Registry entry so that it will not get picked up. Very Sneaky!!!!!
  • Make Sure the small checkbox to the left of the "Autoruns" entry has a tick in it, to ensure the entry is "Active" then- Right Click on entry and Delete it. (you can only delete "Active" Registry keys)
  • Now , Reboot your computer
  • and then, Open and Install the new copy of "Microsoft Security Essentials" you downloaded and problem should be sorted , without having to resort to, Re-installing windows. Cool

Please Note:- Because the Registry entry is altered it has a different Registry "Address" and so , as I found out , simply adding Registry Keys or Trying to run Diagnostics dont work , as essentially "Windows" does not "See" the problem as the keys are "Registered" correctly , but, misconfigured so as to prevent you from simply Re-installing "Microsoft Security Essentials" every time I tried in fact, because the keys were there, but were "De-activated" I kept getting the message:- "You can only have one instance of this program installed on your system, try uninstalling previous version and try again"

The problem at that point of course, being the fact I could not find the Program!!! as it had been removed when the Registry keys were altered, and , apart from a start-up, (Windows Logon) entry ,it did not exist anymore the only reason the start-up entry was left was to create a "loop" to confuse the system and prevent detection. (its why you deleted this entry at the start of tutorial)

I hope this Write up is helpful to all who need assistance with this problem , And would like to point out that "Autoruns" as far as I am aware is compatible with all versions of Windows, even XP . and , is a very handy program to keep on your system , you would be surprised how many programs and applications, that get loaded at Windows boot time, are not needed, they simply run at "idle" in the background quietly hogging valuable resources that slow your system down. This is especially true for XP as by modern standards its slow on a good day, especially if it is running on old hardware (try it on a 64bit machine and wow what a difference!) Resources are best loaded only as and when required by your system , the problem being that every program that you download wants to start with your operating system boot-up and so adds a start menu entry.

Next time you have a problem like this, Run "Autoruns" and check what is running at boot time, this is where 99.9% of unpleasant and annoying "Hacks" live, this is why your anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware, or anti-virus asks if it can run at boot time!

Regards , Ki113R

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Jester Hello All,

I have come accross this problem again recently on a friends computer and my previous solution did not work so I had to Use a different route to solve
problem and thought I would update everyone to my findings. You need to boot computer Bypassing Windows for a moment so:-

This time the solution was this:-

  • Firstly go here and download a copy of Ubuntu (I used Ubuntu 12.10 because I already have a copy I used to dual boot my computer ) any distribution should be OK as long as it is compatible with your computer (i.e. 32 or 64 bit, Intel or AMD etc.)
  • Once downloaded , Burn the Ubuntu ISO file to a disc, then Leave the disc in the tray and re-boot your computer
  • your computer should now Boot into Ubuntu (Linux). Please Note that this will NOT HARM your windows installation in any way
  • When prompted click on TRY Ubuntu.
  • Once booted properly, click on the hard drive icon on the left of screen and look for two system folders, "Program Files" AND "Program Files (x86)"
  • inside each of these folders is another folder called "Security Client", Find these folders and DELETE them both
  • now simply remove the Ubuntu ISO disc from the drive and Re-Boot your computer.
  • Your computer should now Boot back into Windows and you can now Re-install "Windows Security Essentials", you can get a copy here:- (genuine Microsoft download)

Hope info is useful, Regards,
Ki113R

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