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I got this notice of "malicious software" on my initial quick scan with MB:

Vendor: Disabled.SecurityCenter

Category: Registry Data

Item: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify

Other: Bad: 1 Good: 0

Action: No Action

There was also an identical item, except it said FirewallDisableNotify instead of AntiVirusDisableNotify.

I am thinking this is just a result of running Avast AV and COMODO firewall -- they disable the XP versions (at least the firewall gets disabled; AV...?)

Can anyone tell me if I am correct, or if this is actually a threat? Should I remove these?

I couldn't find a clear answer on the net, but surely a lot of people are running 3rd party firewalls, etc, and this must be a common question.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

--Ned

Win XP Home, SP 3

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those two entities are there like you said, probably cause your other security firewall has disabled them.

These should be safe to ignore. If you already quarantined them, that's OK too.

I run a third party firewall (Panda w/firewall enabled) and never have I seen these entries in my registry. And every machine that I have cleaned for customers that have had these entries were cause by some form of malware. It didn't matter what av/spyware protection they had. Maybe I am wrong here, tell me if I am, but I see these entries as threats.

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Not in all cases is it a threat, like I said it depends if your other security software has disabled these due to the security software you have is already protecting those items.

If you want to make sure your system is fully clean you could always follow these instructions:

Please read the following so that you can begin the cleaning process:

We don't work on Malware removal in the general forums.

Please read and follow the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete. Then post a NEW topic here.

One of the expert helpers there will give you one-on-one assistance when one becomes available.

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If you are unable to do all or any of the steps in the link to the directions above, just post your problem into the forum I gave you a link to anyway and someone will be able to assist you.

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Thank you :)

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Not in all cases is it a threat, like I said it depends if your other security software has disabled these due to the security software you have is already protecting those items.

If you want to make sure your system is fully clean you could always follow these instructions:

Please read the following so that you can begin the cleaning process:

We don't work on Malware removal in the general forums.

Please read and follow the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete. Then post a NEW topic here.

One of the expert helpers there will give you one-on-one assistance when one becomes available.

Please note that it may take 48 hours or more for you to receive a response in the malware removal forum, as it is often busy at times. Please do not reply to your own post asking for help unless its been more than 48 hours since you originally posted, as this can make it appear as though you are being helped and take longer for you to get help.

If you are unable to do all or any of the steps in the link to the directions above, just post your problem into the forum I gave you a link to anyway and someone will be able to assist you.

Alternatively, as a paying customer, you can contact the help desk at support@malwarebytes.org

If you are a corporate customer please send an email to corporate-support@malwarebytes.org. (NOTE: An order number is required for corporate support.)

Also, when replying, please use the "ADD REPLY" button or erase what the person you are replying to said, as this makes the forum easier to read.

After posting your new post make sure under options that you select Track this topic and choose one of the Email options so that you're alerted when someone has replied to your post.

Thank you :welcome:

Thanks, everyone.

I removed the two items and everything seems to be working fine. A new scan is clean. Windows Security center still reads the same: Firewall and AV are "on", and my 3rd party programs are listed. Windows Firewall remains off, as it should be.

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