Security Center

ByLine
How to Disable or Enable Security Center in Vista
Synopsis
Security Center alerts you when your security software is out of date, turned off, or when your security settings should be strengthened. This will show you how to enable or disable the Security Center.
How to Disable or Enable Security Center in Vista

information   Information
Security Center alerts you when your security software is out of date, turned off, or when your security settings should be strengthened. Security Center monitors the following: Firewall, Automatic updating, Antivirus, Antispyware (EX: Windows Defender), Internet security settings, and UAC (User Account Control).
warning   Warning
If you disable the Security Center, then you will not be alerted if something disables one of your security programs.

EXAMPLE: Security Center Disabled
Disabled.jpg





STEP ONE
Security Center Alert Warning

1. If you are Disabling the Security Center
NOTE: You will need to do this before you Disable the Security Center in step 7 below.​
A) Turn off the Security Center alert warning notification.​
B) Go to STEP TWO below.​

2. If you are Enabling the Security Center
NOTE: You will only be able to do this after you enabled the Security Center in step 8 below.​
A) Turn on the Security Center alert warning notification if you want to.​
B) Continue to STEP TWO.​






STEP TWO
Through Services

3. Open the Start Menu.​
4. In the white line (Start Search) area, type services and press Enter.​
5. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
6. Scroll down and right click on Security Center and click on Properties. (See screenshot below)​
Services.jpg

7. To Disable Security Center
NOTE: Be sure to do step 1 above before you disable the Security Center.​
A) Click on the Stop button and wait a second for it to stop. (See screenshot below step 9)​
B) To the right of Startup type, click on the drop down menu arrowand select Disable. (See screenshot below step 9)​
C) Click on the Apply button.​

8. To Enable Security Center
NOTE: Be sure to do step 2 above after enabling the Security Center.​
A) To the right of Startup type, click on the drop down menu arrow and select Automatic. (See screenshot below step 9)​
B) Click on the Apply button.​
C) Click on the Start button.​

9. Click on OK.​
Service Properties.jpg

10. Close Services Window.​
That's it,
Shawn



 

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dinesh

Vista Expert
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I would not use Norton with Vista. It has caused problems for a lot of people.
Hey Brink i was using Free AVG last year and now i m using Norton Internet Security 09 with Vista and noticed that Norton works great for me. Did it really cause any issue for you when used with Vista?
If yes, which version caused the issues?
Regards,
Dinesh.
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Dinesh,

It was mostly the older 2007 versions.
 

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van10s

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Hi Brink,
i got a problem with my Security Centre too. it can't be started a few days ago, n i followed your tutorial, then it was okay. but now the problem comes again, n even worse. everytime i set it to Automatic, after a few seconds it will be set back to Disabled. i wonder if its because of some spyware, because last time i got antivirus xp pro on my computer. but after that, i have scanned my computer using trend micro internet security 2009 and malwarebytes anti-malware, and the antivirus xp pro is also removed already. however, this problem is still there.
do u know what can i do to fix it??
thanks before..
 

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dinesh

Vista Expert
Vista Guru
Hi Brink,
i got a problem with my Security Centre too. it can't be started a few days ago, n i followed your tutorial, then it was okay. but now the problem comes again, n even worse. everytime i set it to Automatic, after a few seconds it will be set back to Disabled. i wonder if its because of some spyware, because last time i got antivirus xp pro on my computer. but after that, i have scanned my computer using trend micro internet security 2009 and malwarebytes anti-malware, and the antivirus xp pro is also removed already. however, this problem is still there.
do u know what can i do to fix it??
thanks before..
Hi van10s,
May be a reinstall is the option for you...:(
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hi Brink,
i got a problem with my Security Centre too. it can't be started a few days ago, n i followed your tutorial, then it was okay. but now the problem comes again, n even worse. everytime i set it to Automatic, after a few seconds it will be set back to Disabled. i wonder if its because of some spyware, because last time i got antivirus xp pro on my computer. but after that, i have scanned my computer using trend micro internet security 2009 and malwarebytes anti-malware, and the antivirus xp pro is also removed already. however, this problem is still there.
do u know what can i do to fix it??
thanks before..

Hello Vans10, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated when Security Center worked may fix it for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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van10s

New Member
Hi all,
thanks for the suggestions. may i know what will be the risk if i just leave the problem as it is? because i'm currently out of town n i don't bring my installer cds with me, so reinstalling won't be that good for me.
and about system restore, is that mean i will lose all my files added or modified and also softwares installed after the time of the restore point?
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Vans,

It will not affect your personal files, but it can affect any installed programs made after the restore point date.
 

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KeeJung

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I am having the same problem with my security center service. I have searched all over(NOTE: the problem started last week i believe) and i get the same information but it does not work. My security service center is still disabled. I had AVG but it wouldn't show any updates or anything, even when i got a message stating that my antivirus program has been turned off i was still unable to turn it back on. I had deleted AVG and am currently unable to install it as well as any other antivirus on my pc for some reason. I do not understand why i am having this problem. When i try to install Windows Live OneCare my pc(laptop) goes to a blue screen or as my friend calls it "the blue screen of death" which causes me to restart my pc. I have registry booster and registry fix on my pc, unable to install malwarebytes and spybot, etc. And as of right now i have no Antivirus program on pc because i am unable to install anything. My firewall is on(windows firewall) but that's it.
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello KeeJung, and welcome to Vista Forum.

You might see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated about a week a go or so when Security Center worked may fix it for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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KeeJung

New Member
Hello KeeJung, and welcome to Vista Forum.

You might see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated about a week a go or so when Security Center worked may fix it for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


With the System Restore, will i have to back up any files just in case? I have added programs and documents that have been added during that time and not sure if they will get deleted off.
 

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KeeJung

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Wellp, i did the system restore but now i cannot install anything on my pc. i get the ".exe" is not a valid win32.exe
 

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Brink

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mvp
KeeJung,

It looks like you may need to do a clean reinstall of Vista instead then. :(
 

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Brink

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mvp
That's great news. What turned out to be the solution for you?
 

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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    2560x1440
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
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    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
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    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Ghidorah

New Member
Dear Brink,

Your instructions on how to enable the security center are very unclear. You say in Step 8, "Next to Startup type, click...".

What is "Startup type" and where do I find it? You don't say where to find it, so I can't do anything to fix the problem that says "The Security Center Service cannot be started."
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
Dear Brink,

Your instructions on how to enable the security center are very unclear. You say in Step 8, "Next to Startup type, click...".

What is "Startup type" and where do I find it? You don't say where to find it, so I can't do anything to fix the problem that says "The Security Center Service cannot be started."

Hello Ghidorah, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you look at the screenshot under step 9 while doing step 8, it should help make it easier to follow. "Startup Type" is the section listed in that screenshot. :)

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Ghidorah

New Member
Dear Brink,

I'm afraid your reply doesn't help because I don't know how to get the window that you are referring to. From the point where Windows Vista loads (right after turning on the computer), what do I click on to get that window (the one in the screenshot)?

Ghidorah
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
No problem Ghodorah,

Doing each step in the STEP TWO section of the tutorial on the first page of this thread will show you how to get to that screen to do this with. :)
 

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    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

JohnClaude

New Member
I badly need your help. The Security Center service is disabled and can't be enabled. In addition most services are disabled and I can only boot in safe mode. Have tried msconfig and enabled Security center and other services but it won't start. Whenever I click on 'start', it says SC can't start in safe mode. Symantec endpoint protection, IObit and Spybot can't find any virus or malware. I would greatly appreciate your help!
 

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