Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Fix Windows Security Center Service Can't Be Started

Microsoft Security Essentials is the name of Microsoft’s latest Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware software for Windows operating system. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials depends on Security Center Service to run in the background as the users are working in the system. Thus, when Security Center Services failed Microsoft Security Essentials will not work.

And when we try to start Security Center Service manually you may come across the following error:

One or more ActiveX controls could not be displayed because either:

  • Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page, or
  • You have blocked a publisher of one of the controls.

As a result, the page might not display correctly.

If you ever face a problem that your Security Center Services stopped and when your Security Center did not start, The first fix you would like to try is using System Restore. If System Restore did not solve this problem or if all restores were deleted then you can try malware bytes. Even if that does not solve the error, just follow the below troubleshooting steps.

Fix Windows Security Center Service Can't Be Started

Possible Solution:

Try to restart your PC and press F8 key repeatedly and boot in Safe mode with networking and then run full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials.

If that does not work, you can also try the below mentioned Troubleshooting steps.

Troubleshooting: Windows Security Center cannot be started

Warning! This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click http://www.bench3.com/2009/05/back-up-registry-in-windows.html

  • Click on Start menu and type regedit.exe in the start search box and press Enter.
  • Navigate to the following location. You should delete 1 extra (parasite) zone from

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\

with pseudo-graphic number, you'll see it before zone number 0.

  • Save the changes and check if the issue is resolved.

Hope this information is helpful and let me know if you need any further assistance.

If still nothing works, you have to contact MSE support at the below location:



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