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A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security

Question: A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security

A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security
Found this little Video on Technet that may be of interest to people interested in Vista security.
A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security

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Preferred Solution: A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: A Day in the Life: Windows Vista Security

Thanks Nigel, I'll have a good look later but it's much appreciated.

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I had a previous topic
This is the backstory: Had the 2012 Security Virus and now I have it removed. Apparently a rootkit was thrown in there as well. I used TDSS to remove that this morning. I think that I have the redirect issue fixed now. My only problem now is not being able to re-enable Windows Defender or firewall. Currently running Security Essentials because we took a friend's advice and removed MacAfee.
Still getting messages about the printer spooler service not running and still have an empty printers folder.

Answer:Life after Vista Security 2012

Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download Farbar Service Scanner and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity CenterWindows UpdatePress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply.====================================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result.=============================================================================Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): to your desktop. * Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. * At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Fin... Read more

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Everytime i try to run Half life 2 or any other steam program i get this message:


Could not load libary client

Please Help!

Answer:Half Life 2 on Windows Vista 32 Bit

I did that and I still get the Error message

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As you may be aware, there are a number of Microsoft Windows versions which will go out of support during the coming year. We want to help customers avoid the risk of running unsupported products in their environment.

Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server are approaching 10 years since their launch and both products will go out of support on July 13, 2010.

Windows XP was launched back in 2001. While support for the product will continue, Service Pack 2 will go out of support on July 13, 2010. From that date onwards, Microsoft will no longer support or provide free security updates for Windows XP SP2. Please install the free Service Pack 3 for Windows XP to have the most secure and supported Windows XP platform.

Finally, Windows Vista with no Service Packs installed will end support on April 13 2010. Please install the free Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista to have the most secure and supported Windows Vista platform.

For more information:

Service Pack 3 for Windows XP:

Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista:

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I am wondering if end-of-life Vista is more dangerous than end-of-life XP. My reasoning is that Vista more closely resembles Win 10 than XP. So as MS was saying, attackers may reverse engineer patches meant for recent OS's into exploits that work on the end-of-life one. So it seems to me that Vista looks more dangerous than XP.

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Appreciate if people could start to post their respective battery lifes with basic info on the typical battery life, OS, battery configuration, Power profile and screen brightness they are using.  Like to see if Visa or Windows 7 is working better  Battery Life: 4.5 hoursOS: Windows 7 64 bitBattery Config: 6 cell plus slim 3 cell dvd batteryPower profile: balancedScreen Brightness:  max

Answer:X301 Battery Life Comparison between Vista and Windows 7.

you are getting 4.5 hours from 9 cells? that's terrible. it was for that reason i downgraded to xp. actually your numbers match my experience under vista. i thought it was joke when i first booted up the machine and found the 3 cell battery fully charged but only got 90 minutes from it. i won't even say what i think of lenovo's claim of 'up to 3.45 hours' from the 3 cell battery. anyway, it looks like windows 7 is just as bad as vista. under xp with wireless on, bluetooth off, my numbers look like this for 6 cells: Battery Life: 5 hoursOS: xp proBattery Config: 3 cell main + 3 cell bayPower profile: balancedScreen Brightness: -4 i actually just got the 6 cell battery yesterday after owning the machine for almost a year now. i'll post my results for the full 9 cells later, but my initial experience would lead me to believe it is going to be somewhere near 7.5 hours. Message Edited by redwood01 on 06-12-2009 09:15 AM

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I was infected with the Vista Security 2012 virus. I have since run Malware, Spybot, CCleaner, Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Fix It. It has disabled my firewall and windows security and network sharing. I am unable to turn them on. I have tried to do the windows repair with my disk, that did not help, sfc/scannow has not helped. I do not have a system restore point to go back to either, it was erased. Im stuck. Help.

Answer:Windows Security will not start/firewall/network sharing due to Vista Security 2012 virus

Welcome aboard Please download Farbar Service Scanner and run it on the computer with the issue.Press "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply.

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Hi,I am using Windows Vista Ultimate 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002 and have recently been infected by the Live Security Platinum virus (PUM.Disabled.SecurityCenter) and have cleaned it using the method from here.Everything's been going ok actually, except for the fact that now the whole of my Windows Security Center is unusable. I suspect it is due to the system files that were removed or modified during the removal process.Now Windows Update is not even present in the Services list and Windows Defender gives a "failed to initialize" error.It would be great if you could shed some light to me for this problem.Thank you.

Answer:Windows Vista Security Center problem after successful removal of Live Security Platinum virus

DownloadFSS Checkmark all the boxesClick on "Scan".Please copy and paste the log to your reply.

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My computer has multiple problems: Congratulation You Won audio/pop up; Windows Security Center pop-ups with fake alerts that it can fix; Vista Security 2011 pop up alerts/scans; This is not a joke you are the 100000 visitor pop ups and some sort of browser redirector. "Vista Security" seems to have disabled my anti-virus program (windows security essentials). There was also a "Java TM Platform Standard Edition" icon in my toolbar,which has since disappeared. I tried to run HijackThis and it won't run. I tried to rename it - still won't run. I have tried MalwareBytes and scans by MSE (when I could still make it work) and nothing was detected or changed. "Vista Security" is throwing up a security alert/system integrity threat/System Hijack/Tracking Software etc. "alerts" every few minutes. Yesterday when I entered Vista Security in the browser search, it crashed the browser. It hasn't done that today, but did send me a "warning" that was a threat (don't remember the actual wording- they come so fast.) It seems that my computer is totally unprotected.
I am ready to start over - I have my important files backed up on an external drive. I tried to reinstall Vista, a "clean" reinstall, but it wouldn't let me - it said drivers were missing and I couldn't figure out how to get them - it said on a disc, which I don't seem to have.
Very frustrated - if anyone has advice I ... Read more

Answer:Windows Security/Vista Security/Congratulations You Won

Sorry, I'm new to this- It's a Dell Inspiron desktop; Vista Home; Firefox browser, although i do have IE 9 installed too.

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Morning all,
I never thought I would have to post to this forum since everything is rather well written on a consistent basis, so let's hope my future solution will help out as other solutions have helped me.

Here is my problem:
I ran pc tools spyware doctor and let it act in auto repair ... big mistake ( yes i know LOL but I'm not perfect )

the platform is a sony Viao running vista 64 home
currently it will not successfully do a start-up repair
it will not successfully do a system restore.

when I try to boot in safe mode I get the following error
"STOP: c0000135 {Unable To Locate Component} consrv not found:

hows that for a nightmare LOL

so following some standard ideas that have helped me in the past ( you guys do go to great lengths to explain solutions )

here is my frst64 log file

Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool Version: 25-05-2012
Ran by SYSTEM at 27-05-2012 10:13:36
Running from F:\
Windows Vista ™ Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English(US)
The current controlset is ControlSet001

========================== Registry (Whitelisted) =============

HKLM\...\Run: [RtHDVCpl] RAVCpl64.exe [x]
HKLM-x32\...\Run: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe" /starttray [460872 2012-01-13] (Malwarebytes Corporation)
HKLM-x32\...\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe&... Read more

Answer:Vista home 64 consrv.dll bring a sony vista to life again

Hello and Welcome to Bleeping Computer!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your malware problems.I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At t... Read more

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I have for a long time been interested in becoming qualified to work in a security position and I hoping some pen testers and security professionals could fill me in on the life of the job.

I have heard in the past about jobs where 3 days of work landed a 10k payout (2 testers), what level do you need to be to get jobs that give payouts that high or higher?

Is it a high stress job?

Do you need to travel a lot or can you do a lot of it remotely?

Other than reading books or websites can you recommend high quality training available through video or full online courses?


Answer:Life of Security Professionals

Digital39 said:

I have for a long time been interested in becoming qualified to work in a security position and I hoping some pen testers and security professionals could fill me in on the life of the job.

I have heard in the past about jobs where 3 days of work landed a 10k payout (2 testers), what level do you need to be to get jobs that give payouts that high or higher?

Is it a high stress job?

Do you need to travel a lot or can you do a lot of it remotely?

Other than reading books or websites can you recommend high quality training available through video or full online courses?

ThanksClick to expand...

Well to start off, I think the best place to start is taking the Security + Courses, then look into the SSCP. The SSCP is the next step up in the Security classes. It will teach you all the realms of security that you will need to master. As for websites, just doing a simple search for computer security or network security should land you a million hits. I know my job can be stressful at times, every job can be. But with the right training and experience any problem can look easy.
Well hope that helps a little

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windows xp itis security tools it pops up every five minutes and when i download something to remove it this is what pops up this is what popped when i tried this one
(registrybooster.exe is infected with worm.win32.autorun.bnb. this worm is trying to sen your credit card details using registrybooster.exe to connect with remote host)
this is exactly what it said with this one i tried to down load it says the exact same thing when i try to play cards
i cant type long because it ends up shuting down my computer

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I joined Second Life recently, and would like to know if there are any opinions about the security of one's computer while SL is running?

I know the basic rule of not to accept objects from strangers, but not much beyond that.

Answer:Any opinions on the safety/security of Second Life?


Think you have it sorted already with not accepting downloads from strangers, also just makes sure your PC has upto date security apps as in Antivirus and Firewall to catch any malwre that maybe sent.

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Hi;Someone has told me that AVG Internet Security 8 is free for life!!! Is this true? I cannot find a link for that except for the trial version for 30 days.I will be grateful if you guys have the link for "AVG Internet Security 8 free for life" to send me.Many thanksSabi

Answer:Is AVG Internet Security 8 is free for life???

Have you checked Google?

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"Internet Security" popups have taken over my computers (2 of them). It won't allow me to run GMER or Malwarebytes, and won't let me download DDS. Luckily, I ran a log yesterday, at the outset of the problem, and it is posted below.Briefly -- since my computer seized up last time, when I wrote a long, elaborate post -- on this infected computer I am running WinXP Pro SP3 on a Lenovo T60, with AVG free as my antivirus and ZoneAlarm firewall.Help! Thanks.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by HOME at 14:59:28.09 on Sun 04/04/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_18Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2038.187 [GMT -7:00]AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}FW: ZoneAlarm Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-F8FCFF809F8B}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\ibmpmsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k rpcssC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\... Read more

Answer:Internet Security malware has ruined my life. . . help. ..

Hello purefog, Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is fireman4it and I will be helping you with your Malware problem.Please take note of some guidelines for this fix: Refrain from making any changes to your computer including installing/uninstall programs, deleting files, modifying the registry, and running scanners or tools. If you do not understand any step(s) provided, please do not hesitate to ask before continuing. Even if things appear to be better, it might not mean we are finished. Please continue to follow my instructions and reply back until I give you the "all clean". Finally, please reply using the button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply, unless they do not fit into the post.1.Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4 Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how. Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator) A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed. If no... Read more

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I know that Security Tools and Antivirus Plus are affecting my computer and it's not allowing me to run Malwarebytes or basically any other useful program when I'm not on safe mode. So here it is.. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Antivirus Plus and security tools Ruining my life

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.Please download OTL from following mirror:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.Push the button.Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:OTL.txt <-- Will be openedExtra.txt <-- Will be minimizedIn the upper right hand corner ... Read more

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Oh Please help me with this aweful stuff!! I have spent 14 hours trying to get this mess off my computer and get my life back. This warning screen popped up as you know after I got blasted by a porn page and had shut my computer completely off and rebooted. I did not download the spyware offered but something still got in. Lost the control panel and had restricted access to certain things. After many hours went into control panel through another user and was able to do a few things. I found a site that had a control panel fix and did get that restored on main user but everything is slow and not running right. I have also run Xoftspy, prevx, spybot,and spyhunter. I have run Norton......none of which has solved the problem. I also have Hijack this and can send log if someone will just please help me.
I posted in the virus forum and think I should have posted here..sorry

Answer:horrible security warning ruining my computer and my life. help??? please!!!!

Here is Hijack This Log
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:59:53 AM, on 9/15/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Application Accelerator\iaanotif.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\DVDLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell AIO Printer A920\dlbkbmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\SpyHunter\PopupBlocker\EnigmaPopupStop.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mmtask.exe
C:\... Read more

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The software maker originally planned to end support for version 1.2 of the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer on Friday. However, following user feedback, the company has now extended support until an undetermined date..."The decision was based on a lot of customer feedback we received that said removing support at this time would create a gap in security update detection for Microsoft

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My mother (65 year old lady) is being harrased badly by her neighbor (32 year old man)  by throwing fireworks at her, baiting bears on her property, creating horrible noises because he knows the cameras do not have audio and all kinds of other things.  The police have pressed harrassment charges but I need to keep her safe until he gets in front of the judge.  I installed samsung cameras on her property and have alot of good footage that I need to put together for the police before it gets erased.  I need to be able to take photos of the footage, merge footage together and possibly do split screen views of different cameras.  Samsung support has suggested that I use windows movie maker.  Do you have any suggestions of a better program that can do this stuff?  I am very worried about her safety  and your help would be greatly appreciated.  The models of the cameras are below and I believe the cameras save in an AVI format.  Thank you in advance for your help.  The guys on this forum has been great to me for several years and now I am asking for your help so I can keep her safe.
KIT Model – SDH- C5100 SDH-B3040 SDH-B3020
DVR Model- SDR-C5300 SDR-B3300

Answer:Need help merging security cam footage - potential life and death situation

good morning dear chugg,
there is no way with windows media maker to edit video footage from multiple camera angles
you need a better video editor like adobe premiere pro or sony vegas pro (now magix), if your a mac user then you need apple final cut pro x
adobe premiere
sony vegas
ip camera viewer
multicam editing for all

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Firefox 42 ... answer to the ultimate question of life, security bugs and fully private browsing?


Mozilla has released Firefox 42 and Firefox ESR 38 38.4, which include fixes for worrying security vulnerabilities in the web browser.

The November 3 update squashes at least three bugs that can be potentially exploited to achieve remote code execution.

Two Mozilla engineers, Tyson Smith and David Keeler, uncovered two flaws (CVE-2015-7181 and CVE-2015-7182) in NSS, a toolkit used by Firefox to encrypt web traffic over SSL/TLS.

By exploiting "a use-after-poison and buffer overflow in the ASN.1 decoder," a malicious HTTPS website can potentially inject arbitrary evil code into the connecting browser and execute it, it appears. That seems a particularly neat way to install malware on PCs.

These programming blunders are fixed in NSS versions, 3.19.4, and 3.20.1, which are used in Firefox 42 and Firefox ESR 38 38.4.

Other applications that use the open-source toolkit for encrypting internet traffic must be rebuilt with a non-vulnerable version of the libraries, and pushed out to people to install.

Firefox 42 ... answer to the ultimate question of life, security bugs and fully private browsing? ? The Register

Answer:Firefox 42 ... answer to the ultimate question of life, security bugs and ...

but it still will not play netflix in linux out of the box.

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The above 2 updates keep coming to my Windows Update but when I install the (2) KB's it says download not installed "Try again" and in History "Install Fail". Please help me, sooo frustrated at this point, usually don't have

Ruth M. Stauffer

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Thanx for taking the time to help...

My friend sent me your link to the helpful info page you have for fixing my problem...

As part of my problem is i can't install downloaded programmes you sugest using a usb stick and downlpoad from a clean pc...

I did that, but it still wont install on the infected pc...

The actual note that pops up is the 'registry can't find the requested environment' - or 'the environment registry is missing' or something like that...

I'm stumped!

Any ideas???

Thanx again x

ps: i don't know how to zip the notepad files, but since they are frm this laptop - the clean one - im not sure you'd want them anyway...

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This topic is targeted at Vista users mainly who may visit here only for Vista support.
On April 11, 2017 support for Vista will officially end meaning that there will be no more security updates, no more official support from Microsoft period and you will be left with a unsecure OS.
I highly doubt Vista will get the same lifeboat that XP has as XP is still unofficially supported.
So what will a vista user do, for me there are three answers I can give you who are not sure what to do next after vista stops being supported:
1: Try Linux
Now I know what you are going to say "What is Linux?"
Linux is a alternative operating system to windows and unlike buying a copy of windows again Linux is free to use and try.
Its tragic that the mainstream user doesnt know what it is but yes there is another OS out there that doesn't conform to Microsoft or apple.
The easiest Linux i can recommend that will be on par with vista in terms of interface is Linux Mint
Its current incarnation is 18.1 and comes in two main flavors, MATE and Cinnamon plus there are other interfaces offered like KDE and XFCE.
All of these options seem confusing I know but each one of these choices offers something for someine.
KDE and Cinnamon are more for people who like a more modern look and feel while MATE and XFCE are more for older hardware.
If your Vista machine caan run its graphics then KDE and Cinnamon would be the best option
https://www.linuxmint... Read more

Answer:Vista's end of life and what to do about it

Good write-up. I would like to add it would be a good idea for anybody contemplating an upgrade to Windows 7 to download and run the upgrade advisor.

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Question: Life after Vista

Hi forum,
Have just had a "clean" install of Windows 7 from the Upgrade disc and I am just going to air my comments.
I decided to let a technician do the job for me in spite of all the good advice from the forum about how to do it. It went a treat, thankfully and only cost a few euros.
First impressions....hated the garish backgrounds and finally settled for a nice even deep blue screen. First hiccup..back-up from Vista failed but I had luckily put a lot of music, financial reports and pictures onto a memory stick two months ago. I have lost a couple of month's reports,however but I can guess at the figures. Like new shoes (or dentures) 7 takes some getting used to and I had to hunt for some drivers too. To tell the truth I should have gladly re-installed Vista at this stage (I still have it on a recovery partition) but I think I was getting a little cloudy in my thinking and not relaxing into the system more.
A couple of hours later I am absolutely delighted with the system and the speed at which it operates is amazing (particularly after Vista) and I dare say, as the technician told me, that,in a week or so, the whole thing will grow on me. I have still a lot to learn about it yet. So the future looks bright after a rather strange start to the change.

Answer:Life after Vista

Peter, you know me and how the forum works. Ask as many questions as you like and soon you will be a great fan of Seven, like myself.

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This topic is targeted at Vista users mainly who may visit here only for Vista support.
On April 11, 2017 support for Vista will officially end meaning that there will be no more security updates, no more official support from Microsoft period and you will be left with a unsecure OS.
I highly doubt Vista will get the same lifeboat that XP has as XP is still unofficially supported.
So what will a vista user do, for me there are three answers I can give you who are not sure what to do next after vista stops being supported:

1: Try Linux

Now I know what you are going to say "What is Linux?"
Linux is a alternative operating system to windows and unlike buying a copy of windows again Linux is free to use and try.
Its tragic that the mainstream user doesnt know what it is but yes there is another OS out there that doesn't conform to Microsoft or apple.
The easiest Linux i can recommend that will be on par with vista in terms of interface is Linux Mint

Its current incarnation is 18.1 and comes in two main flavors, MATE and Cinnamon plus there are other interfaces offered like KDE and XFCE.
All of these options seem confusing I know but each one of these choices offers something for someine.
KDE and Cinnamon are more for people who like a more modern look and feel while MATE and XFCE are more for older hardware.
If your Vista machine caan run its graphics then KDE and Cinnamon would be the best option

https://www.linuxmint.... Read more

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I was wondering how long it would last. When will it be merged into the Helproom forum?

Answer:Life of Vista Forum

The problem is that if you add all of these subjects to the 'helproom' that forum will be so big that most subjects will be hidden on page two within an hour or so.I was a bit disappointed to see that the powers that be decided that 'Mobile world' was a more important forum than Linux. Since 'Mobile world' has been running it has attracted on average one subject a day!

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Hello everyone. I'm a new guy, and mostly looking for a quick fix to what I hope should be a simple problem.
For nostalgia purposes I'm trying to play the notoriously bug-ridden game Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Trying to install it, however, I'm treated to the message "Program requires Windows NT 4.0 service pack 3 or higher". Now from what little I know about this, it seems like my brand new laptop should probably have "higher", right?
Does anyone know what's going on here, and how to fix it?

Answer:The Meaning of Life on Vista

Windows Vista and Windows NT are different OS platforms.
Even though Vista has alot of NT in it, it will not run NT software straight out of the box.
Look at the manual for the game to find what OS work with it.
It will probable not mention windows 95, ME or any similar OS.

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with vista coming to end of life what is best method to move up to windows 7 as cannot find a genuine license for windows seven anywhere online and dont really want to move to 8.1 or 10 is upgrade a viable option (would prefer clean install)

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I don't know if it's just me or what, but after running Vista on my notebook, I've taken a substantial loss to battery life. In XP, with brightness at 30% I would get a soild 2.5 to 3.0 hours of battery life. With Vista, running in power saver mode, with 30% brightness and my max CPU utilization set to 35% and min set to 5% I might get 1.75 hours MAX, the norm being around 1.5 hours.

I haven't changed how much I use my notebook, and normally the wireless is switched off.

My notebook is a Core Duo T2500, 2GB Ram, 100GB HDD, ATI X1600 Mobility with built in wireless and a six cell battery (largest it can take).

I don't know if it's me, if I've messed up some settings somewhere, of if Vista is just really bad at power management? I really love the operating system, and this is the only problem I really have with it. I really do not feel like going back to XP, and carrying around 2 batteries only to get a max of three hours of life from my notebook really sucks.

Anyone else have similar problems or have great battery life? I'm really stumped.

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Apparently microsoft has said it will be limiting the number of machines to which vista can be transferred to just one. Apparently, computers now have longer life-spans, so you are unlikely to want to upgrade your PC after switching to vista until the next operating system comes out.Now if that also includes upgrading components then I,d at best get 8 months use for my £190 and at worst 6_7 weeks, i,m constantly upgrading something or other.No Value.In the 3 or so years I,ve had XP my PC has totally changed and I just reactivate each time it asks.If F.E. can shed any light on this I,d be appreciative.

Answer:Life-span of Vista?

see click here this seems to answer the queries we all have on re-activation. I have posted it on click here as well.

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hi ive just bought an acer aspire m1610, but i,m having trouble getting second life to run. it seems to load online , but won,t start ,a friend says its likeley that i need a better graphics card . i,m unsure which card to buy ,or which one would do the job for this system .its windows vista ,any help would be appreciated thanks ...........

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My battery life has been cut in half with the installation of vista.
Whats that program called for laptop power management? I think im gonna try it..

Answer:Vista and battery life

Did you disable the original power management in order to run the laptop at "full speed"?

SpeedStep or C'nQ work fine in Vista. I've used Vista Beta 2/RC1 on both Intel and AMD laptops. Many video drivers have performance profiles for AC and battery operation.

It is likely to lose battery time with Vista with Aero enabled, but with standard power saving it's not very much.

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Could you tell me whether I need any additional protection to that built into Windows Vista Premium Home addition.If so, what do you suggest and whilst loading will I need to switch off Windows protector. Thank youKind regards

Answer:Security Windows Vista

Yes! I have Vista(HP) - sigh! I also run AVG8, ZoneAlarm, SpyBot S&D TeaTimer, ThreatFire and Spyware Blaster. Windows defender is enabled but the windows firewall is off Regularly scan with SuperAntiSpyware, PC Tools Spyware Dr and AdAware. This maybe overkill but works for me

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like it says in the title, i am having many popups warning me that i am subject to infection, credit card fraud etc. my laptop constantly starts running scans where it tells me i have over 4000 dangers and then tries to sell me vista security. i use free avg. this has happened once before and this website cleaned it up very well. it says at the moment that unknown software is trying to take control over my system and that the attack is from port 1219 and the attacked port is 9093. it also says Threat: Happy_II.506. It wouldn't run gmer and and many other programs such as windows media player won't run, it says i may not have permission????please helptimDDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by timmerricks at 0:21:30.98 on 28/03/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.6002.18005 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_14Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6002.2.1252.44.1033.18.1015.301 [GMT 0:00]SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Program Files\Trusteer\Rapport\bin\RapportMgmtService.exeC:... Read more

Answer:windows vista security

Hello, and to the Malware Removal forum! My online alias is Blade Zephon, or Blade for short, and I will be assisting you with your malware issues!If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know.In the upper right hand corner of the topic you will see a button called Options. If you click on this in the drop-down menu you can choose Track this topic. By doing this and then choosing Immediate E-Mail notification and then clicking on Proceed you will be advised when we respond to your topic and facilitate the cleaning of your machine.Before we begin cleaning your machine, I'd like to lay out some guidelines for us to follow while we are working together.I will be assisting you with your malware issues. This may or may not resolve other problems you are having with your computer. If you are still having problems after your machine has been determined clean, I will be glad to direct you to the proper forum for assistance.Even if things appear better, that does not mean we are finished. Please continue to follow my instructions until I give you the all clean. Absence of symptoms does not mean that all the malware has been removed. If a piece of the infection is left, it can regenerate and reinfect your machine. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your ... Read more

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I was just wondering, is there anyway, I can delete a program completely from my computer once I uninstall it? I understand that even if you "permanently delete" a program it is still on your computer. Is there anything I can do about that?

Answer:Security, Windows Vista, HP

Have a look at the freeware version of Revo Uninstaller:


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hi, i was wondering if Vista's Security will be more advaced than Windows XP ? if so how come ?

Answer:Windows Vista's Security ?

yeah, it's way more advanced... and the security blows
every single time you do something that involves the OS (pretty much everything) it asks for admin confirmation.

and to answer "how come", identity theft, insider secrets, fraudulent credit card purchases... to name a few

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I have read in several places that since Windows Vista SP1 x64 a new security API was introduced that allows security software to monitor system without kernel patching.
For example, it is written here (
"Application programming interfaces (APIs) by which non-Microsoft security and malicious software?detection applications can work alongside Kernel Patch Protection on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. These APIs help software partners develop applications
that extend the functionality of the kernel on 64-bit computers without disabling or weakening the protection that Kernel Patch Protection offers".
And here (

"Instead, Microsoft worked with third-party companies to create new Application Programming Interfaces that help security software perform needed tasks without patching the kernel. These new interfaces were included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1".
Also some document named "Kernel Patch Protection Criteria Evaluation Document" is referenced in some places but I cannot find it.
Could someone explain what kind of API is that? Is it about minifilter drivers or not? Is it documented anywhere?
Thank you.

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Hi, i've been trying to install HL2 onto my son's Dell PC, steam appears to install ok and update. the problem comes when i try to install HL2, a message pops up stating that there is not enough disk space to run steam. it then switches off. the thing is, there is still over 480 gb of disk space left. i have tried running it in compatibility mode for win xp sp2 with no joy. i have also tried reinstalling steam at least twice but to no avail. any clues?

Answer:Half life 2 problem with Vista

Does the laptop have two harddrives or partitions? If so, you may have Steam installed on the OS partition or similar, which usually has very little free space.

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hi all, my problem is i cant get hl2 to run in vista 64 i click on it it loads to a black screen where it then goes unresponsive. heres what ive tried: forcing 32bit, steam community disabled, video card drivers, vista updates, all with no luck. From what im reading is the more ram you have for this game the worse it plays in this case not playable.

My specs:

C2Q Q8200 2.3ghz
8gb ddr2 ram
500watt psu
Windows Vista x64
9800gt 1gb

Answer:Half-Life 2 Vista 64 problem

by forcing 32 bit you mean you but -32 in your command line?
if that does not work i would recommend making sure DEP is not stopping it

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OK, I am at my wit's end here. I've googled for 2 days straight and have tried seemingly every "fix" out there to no avail. I was hoping someone could help me out.

Both desktop and laptop can access the internet just fine. Both are set up for file and printer sharing with the firewalls currently disable while trying to figure this mess out. Both have the MSHOME set as the workgroup.

I verified that the Computer Browser, DHCP Client, DNS Client, Network Connections, Network Location Awareness, Remote Procedure Call, Server, and Workstation are started and set to automatic for both laptop and desktop.

Linksys WRT54G V8 wireless router
Desktop - XP Home SP3 wired to router
Laptop - Vista Home Premium SP1 (64bit) wireless to router

Laptop's IPCONFIG/ALL & nbtstat -n
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : NicksVaio
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-4F-55-2C-00
DHCP ... Read more

Answer:Cannot Network XP & Vista to save my life!

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when ı was using Xp , my folder look like up.But i was getting Vista my folder looks like down

the problem : I have a lot of music folder but my music folder's icon look like (picture 2.)
I want to my music folder look like picture 1. I didnt solve this problem for a year...

please help me...I want to my music folder thumbnail art...
ı want to add album cover on music folder but looks like picture 1...

Answer:problems of my life(about Vista folder)

I don't see the diff. In XP, you are in the David Lanz music collection. Here you are in General Music.

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Have just purchased Diskeeper a few days ago & was quite happy with it until along comes SP.1Vista installed SP1 & now Diskeeper is behaving strangely in that it is telling me it cannot start because another Diskeeper is already operating (which is false). Sometimes it does start and it doesn't seem to be degragmenting HDD's as the display shows no "Invisitasking" taking place and is unable to analyze HDD'sHave had a look on diskeepers webset for any reported problems of this manner but nothing is logged.I have tried reinstalling it but without any success.has anyone come across this problem & knows how to fix it?

Answer:Vista SP1 & Diskeeper. Who needs an easy life?

This may be of help:click here

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I'm having huge problems with every boot -- it's a miracle it can even boot at all.

Currently on the machine, here is a list of just some of the problems.

-- Task Manager will not open properly, it sits in systray (showing completely idle) and the main window does not open.
-- Network and sharing Center : Locks up completely on open - can't even close it, it just sits there, spinning mouse cursor and all, giving me hackey looks.
-- Windows date and time locks up when trying to synchronise.
-- Tried to install adaware search and destroy earlier, windows installer decided to crash and is currently still stuck "cancelling".
-- Windows sidebar crashes on startup.

Please advise what I can do -- reinstalling the OS is NOT an option, neither is booting from the disk - the laptop no longer has a CD drive.

EDIT: Windows Defender refuses to start, as does rstrui (system restore -- although it wouldn't help anyway, apparently it thinks it only has 3 restore points now, all within the last week.)

Answer:Vista is hanging to life by a string

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I've installed and played this game on this laptop before and it worked fine. But it was uninstalled to make space. Now that I want to reinstall it, my computer seems to think it's just an empty folder and nothing comes up, even when I try to manually run it. My OS is Vista Home Premium and my graphics card is NVIDIA Geforce go 6150

Any advice?

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I'm researching going from XP pro to Vista x64, primarily because I've picked up some new ram at the recently cheap pricing.

Why is it still so difficult to decide to go 64-bit, and also to pick a Vista brand (home, premium, etc.)? If I go 64-bit there are all these warnings about what software might or might not work. What's with the stupid 32-bit ram limits in this day and age? For the money that Microsoft brings in you'd think they could have planned this better, or just plain do a better job. And the prices; what bull.

Should I stay with my XP Pro, where I'm happy as a lark, or switch to Vista x64, and spend weeks or months tweeking the rig, just to realize 4gb?

Answer:Vista x64, Ram Limits & the meaning of Life.

There is a RAM (correct term memory address space) limitation because in a 32bit system you ONLY have 2^32 possible addresses.

Sure you can use PAE to expand on this to 64Gig BUT for some reason MS decided not to allow that (yes there is a slowdown as you need to page between the different 4gig banks but... for servers and such.)

For performance and full bandwidth you need extra memory address lines and thus 64bit is needed. Its not some great conspiracy, its simple maths&engineering

HOWEVER 64bit on windows is different to say... 64bit on linux due to the number of apps that are actually 64bit compiled, is this of concern? kinda
1) as opose to a 100% 64bit system (/me loves his gentoo setup), in a system with a 64bit OS, but 32apps you end up loading effectively the same libs/apps twice (the 64bit version and the 32bit versions)
2) if you end up having a load of RAM but for some stupid reason expect said RAM/mem-map to be exposed to a 32bit application you are very much mistaken. A 32bit app can only address 2^32 lines (in practice 3.5Gig) so if you have 8gig of RAM its a waste

just some thoughts. If you want 64bit OS go for it, if not don't. Simple as that

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I put this on a hardware forum, but I think it might be vista related.

Well here's the scoop. I have, what I thought was, A very good system. Unfortunetly games keep on crashing. HL2, Supreme Commander, you name it, it seems to crash. I get Runtime Errors. Sometimes that my memory is full. Game freezes. And sometimes the whole thing just exits. (not to mention that vista keeps crashing explorer and I find myself constantly having to restart the explorer.exe application. I'm running the 64-bit version of ultimate just for reference. My brother, who has a much less powerful system does not have the FPS problems that I have. For instance, playing Garry's Mod on HL2 if I'm facing away from the action I'll be getting close to 300 fps, but when I turn towards the minimal stuff going on I'll get 9fps while my brother on his stock dell (not even an XPS) gets maybe 25 to 30. Also for some reason or another my ping will shoot up at the same time.

All in all I'm pretty p.o'ed that I spent this money on quality parts and nothing seems to be working right. and yes i've updated drivers reinstalled... reformated. The computers sees all my equipment, recognizes my 8 gig of ram and my two video cards (SLI does do the much extra when I turned it on)

Thanks for any help in getting my system to live up to what it's made up of.

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST33... Read more

Answer:Vista Sucking Life from Machine

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I was looking to download Half Life (the first one) from Steam. However, both the requirements and the recommendations say either Windows 2000 or XP. I have all the other requirements, but I was wondering if I could still download and play this game when I only have Windows Vista.

Answer:Installing Half Life on Vista?

Hello SargenPiepa,

Welcome to Vista Forums.

You should be able to run Half Life on Vista. I have a couple friends running the game on Vista, both have had no problems, only an issue with Half Life showing up in the games explorer.

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I'm thinking about reinstalling Half Life 2 again and giving it another run through. Before I spend an hour or two installing and updating, does anyone know if it or Steam has any problems with Vista? Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Vista and Half Life 2

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Hi there,

I'm new to this forum.

The other day I got hit by Vista Home Security and Windows Home Security virus. It's made my computer completely useless(no Internet access).

For the past 2 days I've trying to fix it but to no avail.

At first I went to safe mode and tried a restore to a prior period but the virus was even in safe mode. Any time I tried to restore, the virus pops up even after I tried to end process.
So I did some research and found this:

I loaded rkill and Malwarebytes onto my computer using a USB stick. But rkill is not stopping the Vista Home Security and Windows Home Security virus from running so that I can download Malwarebytes and run it so that I can remove the virus.

Every time I run rKill I get the black screen and then after a while I get this message and then a notepad the program finished.

" sed.exe: can't read c:\users\acer\appdata\local\temp\rks1.log: no such file or directory "

The Vista Home Security and Windows Home Security virus wasn't disable so that I could download and run Malwarebytes.

I tried it in normal mode and safe mode.

The big issue is that the virus hit my work computer and I got a deadline.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Vista Home Security and Windows Home Security virus

Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<==. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues and what you have done to resolve them.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.

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Hey, Tech Support Forums!
I came here as reccomended by a friend from as we encountered some problems on my computer after cleaning up some Malwares.
Okay, I dont know really what to include in my post so I'll just start by stating my problems and then putting up a screenshot of it.

Just a note, that I am an administrator on my computer.

So, here are the problems:
1.) The network button on my taskbar is showing an "unkown status," it says that acces is denied.

2.) It will not let me click on items with the security button on it. What it does sometimes is just flash a window and then it disappears.

3.) It will not let me perform any updates.

4.) It will not let me enable or disable Windows Defender.

EDIT #1:
5.) I dont know if this is with the security issue also, but it will not let me use my messenger.

Those are the problems i found so far. I will let you know if i find any more.

Answer:Windows Vista Security Issue

Hi and welcome to TSF please follow the instructions here and post all the info in security as at present you may still be infected and this needs to be ruled out or addressed before proceeding further

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Hello, my name is Drew and I'm currently in a class about computer operating systems...

Now I'm a biology major so I have no idea why it's a requirement to take this course with OS systems but I'm currently to write a paper regarding the new security flaws with Vista OS.

I'm not really sure how to approach this assignment... where do I find out these flaws, what they do, and who protects against them?

Any tips?

I just want a stupid C in the class and carry on! Haha, thanks for any help/direction.


Answer:Windows Vista Security Flaws

Well considering that Vista is just 6 months old and all flaws have already been patched. I dont know what you are really looking for.

There was only 3 major flaws that i can think of. The ,ani cursor flaw (Patched) and a couple others which are already patched. They hit about the same time as the animated cursor.

If you want to read up on flaws you are better off Looking at XP. There are more flaws to talk about and write about the patch cycle of M$.

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Thanks for your help in advance. I just have a quick question. Can not seem to get a direct answer from Windows Help screens..If I am running with McAfee Security Protection, also with SuperAntiSpyware & Malwarebytes Anti-Malware(thanks to someone from tech support for the Malwarbytes) do I need the Windows Defender Program running and/or Windows Security Program running?? First in the help screens it says no, but for Defender it says yes. Have cleaned up computer pretty good(i think) so don't want anything else to get screwed.
I have a HP Pavilion dv9727cl notebook with Vista home premiem 32 bit with a AMD Turrion 64x2.
Thanks again, just am so paranoid something will or could still be wrong>

Answer:Windows vista security settings

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Hello, my name is Drew and I'm currently in a class about computer operating systems...

Now I'm a biology major so I have no idea why it's a requirement to take this course with OS systems but I'm currently to write a paper regarding the new security flaws with Vista OS.

I'm not really sure how to approach this assignment... where do I find out these flaws, what they do, and who protects against them?

Any tips?

I just want a stupid C in the class and carry on! Haha, thanks for any help/direction.


Answer:Windows Vista Security Flaws

Hello and welcome to TSF. :)

So you're saying that Windows is not 100% secure??

Hmm, not really sure about the current flaws of the OS. I remember that at the end of last year some articles surfaced about the major flaws and some Russian hacker who posted the flaws concerning user accounts and raising their administrative rights leaving Vista open to attacks. And there was something about IE7 and hackers ability to take over your computer. I'm not certain of the details, it was a while ago and I am quite certain that Microsoft fixed those probs.
Some more internal concerns include Vista minimizing the use of administrative rights. There is usually a conflict between making the OS very smooth and easy to use, while also making it secure. The two usually don't go together. Sorry if I am so vague here, but I haven't heared of any Vista's major flaws for a while. I'm sure you could find a few articles about the topic on some academic journals or tech news. If I come across something more I'll post it.

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I've started to get Windows Security Alerts lately. When I open the Alert, I see that I don't have any malware protection and no antivirus software. I find this strange because Norton Internet Security was pre-installed on the laptop. It has anti spyware and antivirus utilities etc. These alerts didn't exist a few days ago...why now? I wanted to load AVG antivirus, but my understanding is that there shouldn't be 2 antivirus programs running at the same time. Is this another malfunction of Vista or is there anything that I can do about it? Thanks.

Answer:Vista Windows Security Alerts

As long as you have an antivirus everything is fine.
You can disable those alerts, just follow the steps:

- go to Control Panel, click on "Check this computer's security status" under the Security link
- now click on "Change the way Security Center alerts me" on the left pane

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I have installed an application ,after installation every time i am trying to use that application it shows that , "Application attempted to perform an operation allowed by the security policy . To grant this application the required permission , contact your administrator , or use the Microsoft .NET Framework Configuration tool.".

This is my computer and i am the administrator of this comp,now whom this application wants me to ask the permission .

I am really frustrated . I have installed the .NET framework SDK also , and i have tried my level best to permit that application but i am failed .

As i am not software professional .

I really want to use this application .Please help me step by step regarding this typo security .

That will be a great help.

I am using Windows Vista Home Premium
Sata Hard Drive||Portable DVD Player || Graphic Cards

Answer:Windows Vista security related?

Try going to the actual program file (.exe), right clicking it and choosing Run As Administrator.

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I picked up a new laptop recently and it had Windows Vista Home Premium installed as the OS. I installed a utility on the computer to periodically clean the registry. I've decided to delete it from the computer. But, when I try to delete the program, I get an error that indicates I do not have the proper user privileges to do so. I've disabled the User Account Security and it still gives me the error I'm the Administrator for the laptop, and I assumed I had full access privileges. I had a similar problem when I installed Comodo as my firewall. Windows Vista is driving me up the wall. Any idea's how I can eliminate these privileges with me as the Administrator?

Answer:Windows Vista - Security Privileges

For this type of issue i would use unlocker, It is designed to delete such files off the system at the time or on next reboot

Vista friendly

Once installed right click on the folder and select unlocker,then select delete!

Unlocker: Download Here

failing that i usually then delete the registy keys for that program


the reboot

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Game Over For Windows Vista?s Security?

I picked up an interesting story over at Neowin entitled ?Vista?s Security Rendered Completely Useless by New Exploit? which reports on a new technique That can ?bypass all memory protection safeguards that Microsoft built into Windows Vista.?
The researchers were able to load whatever content they wanted into any location they wished on a user?s machine using a variety of scripting languages, such as Java, ActiveX and even .NET objects. This feat was achieved by taking advantage of the way that Internet Explorer (and other browsers) handle active scripting in the Operating System.
Instead of exploiting a security vulnerability the researchers Mark Dowd of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Alexander Sotirov, of VMware Inc. of the architecture of Windows Vista. Another researcher described the technique as ?completely game over.?
It?s currently not known if other operating systems are vulnerable as well but it is very likely. The best against this attack would be an add-on like NoScript that would most likely prevent it completely.
This week at the Black Hat Security Conference two security researchers will discuss their findings which could completely bring Windows Vista to its knees.

Mark Dowd of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Alexander Sotirov, of VMware Inc. have discovered a technique that can be used to bypass all memory protection safeguard... Read more

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The Windows Vista Security Guide provides recommendations and tools to further harden Windows Vista. Use the GPOAccelerator tool in this Solution Accelerator to efficiently establish the Enterprise Client (EC) environment or the Specialized Security Ė Limited Functionality (SSLF) environment.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2
Microsoft Word or Microsoft Word Viewer 2003



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Maybe Iím in the minority, but Iím a very happy Windows Vista camper. I did some casual beta testing, but took my official plunge last November when I installed Vista Ultimate on my Toshiba Core Duo tablet pc. My only real problem with Vista has been drivers, or lack thereof.

Now a year later, thatís all but straightened out except for a couple of Bluetooth USB transceivers. Never had a big need for them but I do need to look into that again.

I digress. What Iím really curious about is what people are thinking about Vista security. Itís been a little funny. When Vista first came out, everyone was shouting about how much of a pain in the ass UAC, but to be honest, I never thought so. And every day thereís some story about how slow or broken Vista is, but what I find strange is that stories of malware seem almost non-existent.

I donít run an active virus scanner. Iíll scan software that I donít trust with manually with a free scanner and do a full machine scan once a month. I do run Windows Defender, keep my machines patched, use DEP, use Windows firewall along with my routers firewall, and I donít open attachments from untrusted sources. Actually, this is almost the same security practice I use with XP and I never had a single problem. Under XP, I used to use Firefox to browse less ďreputableĒ sites. I however donít really think about with Vista, I actually feel that IE in protected mode might actually be better overall than Firefox, but at any rate, no problem... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista Security: A year later

You're going to be surprised by the amount of people that might come in to say "Vista is the ultra security hole, it is the suck and should be the banned".

I however agree with you, I'm thinking of simply uninstalling Spybot S&D and SuperAntiSpyware. I've had this Vista install for 4 months now and have not gotten any form of adware or malware from any internet site I visit. so I see no reason to keep them running on my machine.

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Thanks in advance for the help.

I believe I clicked on a bad link in a google search result and my computer was infected with the Windows Vista Security 2011 malware. I ran rkill and malwarebytes in safe mode and it didnt find anything. I restarted the computer and all the popups came back when I opened Windows Movie maker. I ran rkill again, this time NOT in safe mode- unfortunately i cannot find the log of what was found. I also did a full scan with MBAM and nothing was detected. (I did update it before running the scan.)

Can I be sure that the malware was completely removed?

Thanks again

Answer:Windows Vista Security 2011

Hello and welcome. Lets see if there is something else here too.Please download the TDSS Rootkit Removing Tool (TDSSKiller.exe) and save it to your Desktop. <-Important!!!Be sure to download TDSSKiller.exe (v2.5.0.0) from Kaspersky's website and not which appears to be an older version of the tool.Double-click on TDSSKiller.exe to run the tool for known TDSS variants.
Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.If TDSSKiller does not run, try renaming it. To do this, right-click on TDSSKiller.exe, select Rename and give it a random name with the .com file extension (i.e. If you do not see the file extension, please refer to How to change the file extension.Click the Start Scan button.Do not use the computer during the scanIf the scan completes with nothing found, click Close to exit.If malicious objects are found, they will show in the Scan results - Select action for found objects and offer three options.Ensure Cure (default) is selected, then click Continue > Reboot now to finish the cleaning process.A log file named TDSSKiller_version_date_time_log.txt (i.e. TDSSKiller. will be created and saved to the root directory (usually Local Disk C:).Copy and paste the contents of that file in your next reply.If TDSSKiller does not run, try renaming it. To do this, right-click on TDSSKiller.exe, select Rename and give it a random name with the .com file extensio... Read more

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I am running Windows Vista on a Dell Dimension C521. I have Avast and regularly run scans with SuperAnti Spyware. I am continue to get "security alerts" from Vista total Security 2011. Different alerts, one says System Hacked! Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identity theft detected. Details; Threat Trojan-SMA.symbos.viver.a
Do you want to block this attack? Also I get Malaware detected...
Other alerts come up as a scan that to run. I have ran superanti and it doesn't show anything.

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For the last month or so I keep having the security centre advising me that all is not well security wise [when all IS well, and all greens showing] OR shows a problem regarding automatic updating. When I attempt to put that right I'm told it cannot be done and to do it manually. Upon attempting the manual change I get the red box saying it cannot be done. Any ideas, folks, please?

Answer:Windows vista 32 bit security centre

Assuming that everything was working fine previously, I would try a System Restore back to a date/time before the problem started.

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i need you people to help me
my friend installed this XLG without knowing its a virus
this is what i did to his laptop until now:
i started in safe mode and install Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
i updated it and do a full scan
this is the log
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.30
Database version: 1324
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

27/10/2008 1:21:17 AM
mbam-log-2008-10-27 (01-21-17).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|)
Objects scanned: 216846
Time elapsed: 27 minute(s), 39 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 27
Registry Values Infected: 5
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 2

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0656a137-b161-cadd-9777-e37a75727e78} (Fake.Dropped.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0b682cc1-fb40-4006-a5dd-99edd3c9095d} (Fake.Dropped.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0e1230f8-ea50-42a9-983c-d22abc2eeb4c} (Fake.Dropped.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{9dd4258a-7138-49c4-8d34-587879a5c7a4} (Fake.Dropped.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{b8c0220d-763d-49a4-95f4-61dfdec66ee6} (Fake.Dropped.Malware) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
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hi, i had avg security downloaded from google, now i got kaspersky internet security. I uninstalled avg and started to download kaspersky but it is showing u still got avg 8 , they say uninstall avg first and then install kaspersky. But i cant find avg in my control box, or in my computer

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overviewclick heredownload from click heremay be of use to some readers.

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Having downloaded and installed the following update: MS07-045 Adress vulnerability in Internet Explorer KB937143 , I was unable to use Internet explorer to find any web page message " Internet explorer cannot display the webpage" any ideas or solutions.

Answer:windows vista security update

Check File/Work Offline isn't ticked

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I have a dual boot T400 (2768-AA6) which can boot either windows XP SP3 or Vista x64 business. Battery is the 6 cell. I have all the most recent drivers installed. Currently, on the same power manager configuration, i am getting 1.5-2 hours of battery life less on the vista compared to xp. I could at most squeeze 3.5hrs in vista (with processor and screen brightness set to minimum), while on xp i can comfortably achieve 4-5 hours. Activities that i do are approx the same, web-surfing, some word processing. Experience are all with integrated graphics. I turned off superfetch in vista. Is it because x64 instructions are less effecient? or are there any problems with the drivers? Or am i just an anomally? Please share your battery life experience with vista 64.

Answer:Battery life reduced when running vista x64

Hello, Do you have Windows Aero turned on? It's known to be mainly attributabe to a decrease in battery runtime.


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i cant open any halflife game it just closes itself straight away ive tried a few firewalls but deleted them as they caused more problems ive tried disabling windows firewall makes no difference, this is all happening on a new system ive reinstalled hall half life components no difference anyone any ideas? thanks

Answer:any steam/half life users on vista plz help!

hi did you download your games from steam or did you install them from disk.first this is what i would do.install direct x 9 and any updates for 10 .make shore you have the latest drivers for your grafix card and sound card ,all so check you dont have anything running in the back ground as programs can close them selfs down ie virus checkers and things like that ie make shore nothing is scanning your system

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Ok fellas I don't know where to begin, I have been batteling this problem for the last 16 hours and tried everything that I can think of and still nothing, and I can't realy pinpoint the problem (new to Vista and not so tech savy to begin with) to know where I should be looking and what to search for on google.

A couple of months ago I purchased a brand new Laptop, Toshiba Satellite P200-144 ( Link with full specs) runing on Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32bit (6.0, Build 6000).

I would have posted a DXDIAG Log file to further help you assist me, but for reasons explained below, I can't:(

I didn't have a single problem with it after this morning, now, I'm a heavy torrents user with a slow connection so my Laptop is on almost 24/7, but this morning I decided to reboot it just in case, haven't installed any new software or updates that required a reboot, and after that all the problems started.

First the Sidebar failed to load and gave an error message along the lines of "sidebar.ini file could not be found or is in use by another program" then when I tried launching Firefox (, it gave me an error message saying that "Firefox is already runing but not responding. to open a new window you must first close the existing Firefox process or restart your system"

so I did that, again, sidebar didn't load and the problem with FFX was still unsolved, so I opened up the Task Manager, no instances of firefox were runing.

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Answer:Vista is making my life hell...pls advise:)

Forum rules prevent us from helping with Torrent programs.
This said it is probably the cause of your problems, you have downloaded a trojan/virus, please follow the instuctions HERE

Please be patient as the security forum is VERY busy

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Do's any body know where I can find a patch; where Half-Life Platinum works with Vista?? All I can get is a video on the upper lift corner...The game is ancient I know, but I love it/ just hoping there is a patch out there.
My C:
Vista I hate it!!
8800 Gt

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I recently upgraded my HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop (dv6815nr to be exact) from Vista Home Premium to 7 Home Premium and I can't say for sure but I believe my laptop's battery is working a bit better and longer.

At first, I thought it drained quicker than when Vista was installed but I think I was just speculating, especially since I hadn't had a good night's rest in a few days.

I'm very curious as to whether any laptop users, who have switched from Vista straight to the official release of Win 7, have noticed an improvement in battery life/performance?

Answer:Has your laptop battery life improved from Vista to 7?

Quote: Originally Posted by Lucretius

I recently upgraded my HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop (dv6815nr to be exact) from Vista Home Premium to 7 Home Premium and I can't say for sure but I believe my laptop's battery is working a bit better and longer.

At first, I thought it drained quicker than when Vista was installed but I think I was just speculating, especially since I hadn't had a good night's rest in a few days.

I'm very curious as to whether any laptop users, who have switched from Vista straight to the official release of Win 7, have noticed an improvement in battery life/performance?

yes. about 10% 32bit


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Whenever I try to open Half-Life 2 I get to the blurry loading screen. 64-Bit Mode Active appears in a little box at the top of the screen, and the game freezes. What can I do to prevent this.
Biostar nForce430/GeForce6150 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 CPU(2.6GHZ Dual)
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
3GB Crucial RAM (2 Sticks)
450Watt Power Supply
Windows Vista x64 Buisness

Answer:Solved: Half-Life 2 Vista x64 Problems

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This thing appeared today and has completely DESTROYED my system. I am begging for help. It has disabled my AVG 8 anti-virus program, and has installed something called AntiMalware that has attempted to activate itself.

This thing keeps putting fake system alerts about bogus trojans and other crap. I have tried to install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SuperAntiScanner but the programs do not operate, they crash immediately when I try to run them.

I'm desperate. I really need my computer to work right now for school and it's unusable like this. Can someone talk me through how to erradicate this thing from my system?

Answer:Please help! Fake Windows Security Center in Windows Vista

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please try doing the below:

Download and save the below to your PC (save it anywhere you can find it. The Desktop is fine). Then doube click on it to run it.


It should take a couple minutes to run. You will see a black command prompt window while it is running and it should close when it is finished. Once it finishes, attach the c:\avplog.txt file that is will hopefully create as long as the malware does not block the batch file from running.

Now download and Run exeHelper

Please download exeHelper to your desktop.
Double-click on to run the fix.
A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
Post the contents of log.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran
Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error deleting file", please re-run the program before posting a log - and post the two logs together (they will both be in the one file).

Also please try running the below online scan:

Reboot immediately after scanning if it finds and removes anything. Let me know if anything was found. It does not save a log.

Then try running these instructions: Using MGtools

Attach the below logs when finished with all of the above:

C:\avplog.txt - from AVPfind
log.txt - from exeHelper
C:\ - from MGtools
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Hi all, one of our PCs at work appears to be infected with a virus related to a false Windows Security Centre message. It only appears to affect one user account on the PC and manifests itself by not allowing the user to open applications. When you try to open an application, it prompts you to the Open With dialogue box even if it is a recognised file format.

I have run several virus scans which do not appear to have shown anything up. My only other concern is the user of the PC may have been medling with it before I've even seen what was wrong with it.

I have attached a HiJackThis log and would appreciate any feedback that can be given.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 18:34:13, on 28/12/2011
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Exp... Read more

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Hope you guys like this!

Please give feedback! thanks...

Answer:New FREE Windows Vista/7 Security Suite!

already a discussion here. Want me to merge your post to that thread?

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Formerly a certified Linux geek, now a happy Windows Vista convert. (well it is April the 1st )

Copyright (C) 2006 Robert Storey
Verbatim copying and distribution of this article is permitted in any medium, provided this copyright notice is preserved.


Answer:Windows Hasta La Vista - Ironclad Security

very good

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PC users switching to Windows Vista next year might have a tougher time getting their security software to work properly, according to Symantec. The security specialist claims two new features in Microsoft?s next desktop OS (operating system) ? an enhanced Windows Security Center as well as a feature in the 64bit version of Vista called PatchGuard ? will make it harder for customers to use third-party software. "There's no question that Microsoft is leveraging a monopolistic position to limit customer choice," said Symantec

Answer:Windows Vista Thwarts Security Software

"There's no question that Microsoft is leveraging a monopolistic position to limit customer choice," said Symantec spokesperson...Noooo, Microsoft wouldn't do that..........would they?

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hi i have a double problem with this windows vista security alert 2011 i started up my PC and for the last couple of time it said it could not update and was reverting changes then the last time i started my computer this security alert came up which said i had all these serious security breeches and i had to purchase to sort it out. it would not let me access the internet or email and i can not open any files. it will not allow me to system restore either. i went to get my laptop to find out what i could do to fix the virus that i have on my PC and when i started up my laptop the exact same thing happened to it. i shut it down and when i started the laptop back up it will not even let me log on. i have had to go onto an old computer of my kids to post this thread for help, i'am not sure what other information to post, can you help with both problems? i'm happy to work through one at a time but thought you needed to know about both.

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Hello, I am using a laptop running windows vista home premium and lately ive been getting a pop up saying windows vista security 2011 and it appears to scan my computer. It also stops me from accessing websites. I have to run task manager ... select a file titled hyi (i believe) and then im able to access the web until it pops up again after about 5 minutes. It really sucks and my wife is in the middle of doing a report lol. Can someone please help.

Answer:windows vista security 2011 virus help

i have ca security center. i scaned the comp and removed the virus (supposedly ) and im having the same problem. i just went to spyware first steps and im following those steps. hope im doing the right thing. ill post everything up when im done

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1) security center is off everytime the computer starts2) i can not open up windows update, the window flashes blank and then it dissapears likewise when i right click computer and select properties3) some pages of internet explorer like Hotmail login page are blank i tried to upgrade to IE 9 but it won't load due to having only service pack 1 and when i try to upgrade to SP 2 I can not use the windows update option to do it, i tried loading the long version of SP2 from the Microsoft website but i keep getting the installation wasn't successful error: E_FAIL(0X80004005), it is frustrating, I would greatly appreciate all the help, thank you

Answer:windows vista security center keeps turning i

See if you can download and run the installer for Microsoft Security Essentials. I suspect you may have a worm or virus that is preventing updates. Or some grub boot loader or maybe some registry edits that are causing it.This may be the best but not clear link. may be that you would have to buy or obtain a cd to boot your computer from then scan for malware. It may not hurt too much to try Vista's "repair" while booted from dvd.1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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I have been working to repair a 64-Bit device running Windows Vista Home Premium. All issues have been resolved except one: someone has manually disabled Windows Security Center (improperly) using advanced Command Prompt entries and services.msc entries. All System Restore points prior to these modifications have been removed from the system. Now Security Center Alerts gives notifications on startup prompting to enable the security center, and which results in a notification stating that the Security Service cannot be started. services.msc no longer has the Security Center entry in it (even when booting into safe mode), but it can still be found in the registry. According System File Checker, the system does contain registry errors. I am more than confident that this problem has nothing to do with Malware. I do not care for the Security Center itself and powerful anti-malware solutions are already in place. I would prefer that either Windows Security Center is either re-enabled properly so that I can have it disabled properly, or that Security Center Alerts does not launch on startup (resolving the issue). Without reinstalling or upgrading Windows, how do I go about fixing this issue? I tried posting this question in the Microsoft Community, but no help came... I really need this answered soon, thanks!

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I have fully uninstalled COMODO Firewall and ZoneAlarm Firewall, however my Secuirty Center still tells me that both of those are still active. Why is that?

Please refer to the screenshot

Answer:Windows Vista Security Center Issue

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Just published this week, see:

Microsoft releases Windows Vista security guide here.

-- Tom

Answer:Microsoft Windows Vista Security Guide

I look forward to getting Windows vista. I would buy it just for the security improvements alone. The article was interesting. Thank you for posting.

(I'm also looking forward to the other features Microsoft has implanted in Windows Vista.)


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Please may someone advise me as to what I can do.My HP laptop, windows vista (service pack 2) will not let me open most programs and refuses to load internet browser on normal mode, however when I start the computer up on safe mode with networking, it allows me to use the internet browser and the problem with opening programs seems to be eliminated. I have tried 2 system restores which has made no difference, and I have tried deleting unwanted programs under control panel but am unable to do this on normal mode as I cannot open any windows and cannot do it under safe mode. There seems to be an issue with my virus software (I use Windows Live One Care) and a few days ago it randomly stopped working and now refuses to let me open it, uninstall it, or reinstall it. What is the problem? Thank you.

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I recently got the windows vista 2012 security virus. I followed some online instructions, which involved running tdsskiller and malware bytes -- unfortunately this was a month or so ago, and I can't remember exactly what was done. This seemed to remove some of the issues, however, there seem to be multiple residuals which are doing weird things. The CPU usuage is high, the process responsible seems to be PING.EXE *32, which internet searches seem to suggest is being hijacked by a virus. Malware bytes also seems to continually find trojans. More troubling is that, in preparing for this post, I found that I could not access the windows firewall settings due to an unknown problem. Additionally, scan disk will not work.

Thanks for your help!

Here is the DDS.txt file:

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6002.18005 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_27
Run by me at 21:55:35 on 2012-01-11
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.4085.2272 [GMT -6:00]
AV: McAfee VirusScan *Disabled/Updated* {86355677-4064-3EA7-ABB3-1B136EB04637}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: McAfee VirusScan *Disabled/Updated* {3D54B793-665E-3129-9103-206115370C8A}
FW: McAfee Personal Firewall *Disabled* {BE0ED752-0A0B-3FFF-80EC-B2269063014C}
============== Running Processes ===============
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Answer:Windows Vista 2012 Security residuals

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.Run Combofix:You may be asked to install or update the Recovery Console (Win XP Only) if this happens please allow it to do so (you will need to be connected to the internet for this)Before you run Combofix I will need you to turn off any security software you have running, If you do not know how to do this you can find out >here< or >here<Combofix may need to reboot your computer more than once to do its job this is normal.You can download Combofix from one of these links.Link 1Link 2Link 3 1. Close any open browsers or any other programs that are open.2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the r... Read more

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Windows Vista Security Centre issues keeps reporting that I have no antivirus software installed but I have installed AVG 7.5 and this regularly downloads updates. It also says Windows Defender is turned off but when I click on the Defender link on the top left it says the computer is running normally. Is this some kind of early bug issue?

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This has been an ongoing issue that has yet to shine a light at the end of the tunnel!!!
I have a Toshiba Satellite L350D Laptop, its running Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit and had the sp2. Just over a month ago, I had ripped a burnt cd and had it in library, the reminder bubble popped up in the bottom right corner letting me know it had downloaded updates and the were ready for my review to install. I did this, then did the mandated shut down restart so update would be loaded and saved. Only after I tried to restart , I haven't been able to get to windows. I downloaded and did iso burn, but I believe an error had occured, cause it did system repair for 29 hours and then instructed to sd & rs, and once I did this, I can't get to see begining of cd with windows etc. I get a disk read error occured, press cntrl, alt, del. I since have received the original recovery media disks that came with laptop, but they won't boot properly.
Toshiba instructs to hold down c button and release when word toshiba appears, but it goes to windows loading files, then ms scroll bar, then c,a,del mesg. or All black and a white mouse arrow. The toshiba recovery wizard had an error code and wont load. Can anyone provide some assistance or walk me through. More details avaliable upon request but I wanted to make sure I was thorough but haven't put anyone to sleep yet. Thanks in advance!!!
Also I have run dskchk and says all ok but didn't load mesgs. at status 50.

Answer:Disaster after windows vista security update!!

Try to resest boot priorty and then if the computer is not hosed, the CD will boot
Boot Priority - Change

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Hello all,
Kinda newbie here. I have a new HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook 32 bit OS Windows Home Premium Vista. The Norton Antivirus that came with the laptop has just expired. I checked the Windows Security Center and turned on the Firewall and windows Defender but obviously I don't have antivirus on. a) How good is windows Security firewall and defender? and b) as far as Antivirus goes, I checked out some reviews, user comments and also read some antivirus software forums. I was concerned that it seemed a lot of people were having issues with Vista and latest versions of antivirus specifically Zone Alarm and Bit Defender, where they had to download older versions of the antivirus until resolution is in place for the issues. For those on this forum that have Vista can you tell me which antivirus software you seem to be happy with and have had limited issues. We use this notebook for a small start-up businss and personal. I sure would appreciate your input. I'm almost thinking I'll just buy the Norton since it seemed to work pretty good on this notebook (although I've already removed it with the removal tool).
Thanks in advance for suggestions and your opinions.

Answer:Solved: Vista add on antivirus to Windows Security

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I will be upgrading from Vista to W7 and this will be a 1st time experience for me.

I read the Microfsoft chart on this activity and according to the written table I will not have to intervene and everything will be upgraded automatically.

My question is do I need to disable my Avira security prior to loading the W7 CD's.


Answer:Solved: Vista x64 upgrade to Windows 7 and Security

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Hi all,

I have a nasty nasty virus. I think the process is ave.exe. As soon as I try to get into windows, even in safe mode, it just restarts my computer. If I'm somehow able to get into windows before it restarts, i can't run any executables, so it's been impossible to scan for.

Do you guys have any idea on where I should start to try to remove this thing? The machine is a mac that runs vista, if that helps.

Thanks in advance,


Answer:ave.exe / "windows security tool" virus in Vista

Ok, so after a little work, I was able to kill some processes, and change back a couple infected registry entries, namely: HKCR\.exe\shell\open\command and HKCR\secfile\shell\open\command. If you have the ave.exe infection, find these registries, and change the %1 extension to %*. This will give you control back of your machine, and allow you to run executable files again.

Hope this helps!


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Hi I am trying to remove the Windows Vista Security 2012 malware. I have followed the download instructions and when I try to run the reg fix I get a registry editor message that some keys are open by the system or other processes. I have tried multiple times (per instructions), with no success. Also the malware in my desktop bottom toolbar and continually gives me pop-ups even when I don't try to open my Explorer. I have tried to run from the fix from both flash drive and desktop. Not sure where to go from here.

Thanks, Mark

Answer:Trying to kill Windows Vista Security 2012

Hi Mark,try this first then go thru the Guide again.EXE HELPERPlease download exeHelper to your desktop.Double-click on to run the fix.A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.Post the contents of exehelperlog.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran, and should open at the end of the scan)Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error deleting file", please re-run the program before posting a log - and post the two logs together (they will both be in the one file).

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