Solved Why do I keep getting Win XP security warning?

May 21, 2013 at 14:28:22
Specs: Windows XP
Hi guys, I have a laptop running Win XP and for a few weeks now, whenever I boot up, the following warning from Windows Security Centre appears with the icons on the bottom-right of my desktop:

"No firewall is turned on. Antivirus software might not be installed."

I use the free Comodo firewall, which is turned on, fully updated and I've been using it for well over a year on this laptop. I also use the free Avast anti-virus, which is also fully updated, running in real time and a full scan shows no virus present. I have been using this prog for over a year as well.

I also run regular full scans with both Superantispyware and Malwarebytes, both of which show no malware present on my HD.

When I first installed the Comodo firewall, the Win Security Centre detected it, I did not get any warnings.and it's only in the last few weeks that I've been getting them, without me changing anything.

Also, when I run Task Manager, it shows that wscntfy.exe is running, which I believe is the .exe for Win Security Centre.

This is no biggie really (at least, I hope not) but is just becoming slightly annoying, so if anyone has any idea what the cause is, I'd be grateful. Thanks.


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May 22, 2013 at 02:14:14
I noticed when doing sp updates for XP that they would reset the security center to default, which is to give the warnings. In addition Malwarebytes scans would also detect that the warnings were disabled and if I let it make the suggested fixes it would turn them back on. It's possible a virus or malware scan by your software may have done the same thing.

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#1
May 21, 2013 at 15:28:24
Can we assume you're running SP3 & all the updates since it's release?

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#2
May 21, 2013 at 17:26:32
Yes, SP3 and fully updated.

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#3
May 21, 2013 at 19:09:29
If it is coming from the XP Security Center you can turn off notification. Open 'security center' in control panel and click on 'change the way security center alerts me'.

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#4
May 21, 2013 at 19:10:59
Windows XP Security Center doesn't always acknowledge Comodo Firewall and Avira Anti-virus for me either. Even if it has for a long time, some days it randomly won't. Just one of those weird Windows XP things.

If Security Center says you don't have an anti-virus installed even when your Avast is running in real-time mode, click the Recommendations button under Virus Protection. You can then click a check-box to say "you have an anti-virus program you monitor yourself." Then you won't be bothered by "not having one."

Since you're using Comodo's firewall, make sure you turn off the one built into Windows XP (starting with Service Pack 2). In Security Center, click Windows Firewall from the bottom section. Then set it to Off. Security Center might still not recognize Comodo (mine currently is), but you should only have one firewall enabled at a time.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#5
May 22, 2013 at 01:38:50
Ok thanks Dave - I just did that, then rebooted and the warning no longer appears and wscntfy.exe no longer appears in Task Manager.

But what puzzles me is what could have caused this warning to start appearing in the first place, when I didn't change any settings (and I'm the only user of this laptop) and the warning only started appearing in the last few weeks.

Sorry, with 20/20 hindsight maybe I should have mentioned this in the first place, but could it be an application I installed recently that changed it? I did install a couple of video apps in the last few weeks - ie "iLivid" and "Freemake." I have since uninstalled Freemake but that prog also required Microsoft Net Framework 4 to be installed, which I have not yet uninstalled.


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#6
May 22, 2013 at 01:52:23
Sorry Xps86, I didn't notice your post when I replied just now to DAVEINCAPS. Yes, I did look in the settings and saw that option "you have an anti-virus program you monitor yourself." and checked it, but was still getting the warning about the firewall, so I changed it back again as I felt there was still some problem. I do already have the Windows firewall turned off and have done ever since I installed Comodo.

But anyway as I just said, following the advice from DAVEINCAPS I now no longer get the warning, but am still puzzled as to what could have caused it in the first place, and hope it's nothing to worry about!


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May 22, 2013 at 02:14:14
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I noticed when doing sp updates for XP that they would reset the security center to default, which is to give the warnings. In addition Malwarebytes scans would also detect that the warnings were disabled and if I let it make the suggested fixes it would turn them back on. It's possible a virus or malware scan by your software may have done the same thing.

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#8
May 22, 2013 at 03:20:20
Yes Dave, you could well be right. I haven't noticed Malwarebytes giving any warnings but it might well be a Windows update that did it.

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#9
May 22, 2013 at 12:18:00
It's alright. I was typing my reply at the same time as Dave and didn't see his post until after mine was posted too. Setting the anti-virus to "monitor yourself" only applies to the anti-virus, not the firewall. My intent was to at least prevent one of the notifications.

I've never experienced Security Center resetting as Dave mentioned.

Although unhelpful, I'm glad your problem was sufficiently solved.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#10
May 22, 2013 at 14:05:12
Yes, it does appear to have been solved and the main thing is that it doesn't seem to be anything much to worry about.

Thanks very much again guys for all your comments and help.


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#11
May 22, 2013 at 16:21:02
You're welcome. It's good that it was an easy fix.

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