So, I am going to have to reinstall Window to my main desktop.
The reason? Security center was basically destroyed by a flash based exploit.
I noticed a few days ago that, for some reason, the action center icon on the taskbar was just plain gone. Nowhere to be found. I went to the action center itself and discovered that many security elements were just broken. Windows Firewall, Windows Update, and a few other services, just to name what I remember.
I scanned the system with MSE and checked that it was clean. I recalled a few days ago that I managed to snag an alert with one file, but it was quickly cleaned, and nothing major had actually come of it.. or at least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, that was the sign of a flash based system exploit disabling virtually all of my security settings, hoping that a trojan could be thrown into the system, undetected due to the system having crippled security measures and software detection methods; at least, under normal situations. Thankfully MSE detected and deleted it. This, sadly, was after the damage had been done.
I quickly began to look up the symptoms, and thus, learned of the attack and its results. Then, I began to look up just what needed to be done to fix this problem. It seemed simple enough: enable various now-disabled services, sometimes having to hack into the registry to restore deleted service entries, and everything should have been back to normal.
Sadly, this was not the case. Windows firewall simply refuses to work. I have checked all group policy permissions, services, and any other special setting you can think of, and all check out proper: it simply refuses to work.
So, the only option for me to have secure system is to reinstall windows. Again.
No, this isn’t the first time I have had to on this machine: back in April 2011, I had to reinstall due to a backup software solution updating, and causing the system to lock up on boot. I still don’t know what exactly was going on with that whole event, but whatever, the point is, it was annoying, and pretty pointless, in the end, for me to have had to do.
Oh well. Hopefully this will be a painless situation, but things like this severely tempt me to switch to Linux. Permanently…
Also, obligatory pictures!