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Security Center

 

General Information

None at this time

Windows 8

Default Description

The WSCSVC (Windows Security Center) service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer. The health settings include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended). The service provides COM APIs for independent software vendors to register and record the state of their products to the Security Center service. The Action Center (AC) UI uses the service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the AC control panel. Network Access Protection (NAP) uses the service to report the security health states of clients to the NAP Network Policy Server to make network quarantine decisions. The service also has a public API that allows external consumers to programmatically retrieve the aggregated security health state of the system.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0
Windows 8 x86 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 x64 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x86 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wscsvc
Display Name: Security Center

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Windows 7

Default Description

The WSCSVC (Windows Security Center) service monitors and reports security health settings on the computer. The health settings include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended). The service provides COM APIs for independent software vendors to register and record the state of their products to the Security Center service. The Action Center (AC) UI uses the service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the AC control panel. Network Access Protection (NAP) uses the service to report the security health states of clients to the NAP Network Policy Server to make network quarantine decisions. The service also has a public API that allows external consumers to programmatically retrieve the aggregated security health state of the system.

Additional Information

None at this time.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1
Windows 7 Starter Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Home Basic Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Home Premium Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Professional Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Ultimate Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Windows 7 Enterprise Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wscsvc
Display Name: Security Center

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local System account

Dependencies

What service Security Center needs to function properly:

What other service require Security Center to function properly:

  • None (S, HB, HP, P, U, E)

Windows Vista

Default Description

Monitors system security settings and configurations.

Additional Information

This service monitors the status of Windows Update, Windows Firewall and virus protection software. It is always displayed in the system tray as to the status of these particular functions. If you do not want the Security Center to monitor these functions for you, disabling this service is not enough. After rebooting the system, this service will again be placed into Automatic and started. While the service is in the started state, go to: Start > Control Panel > Security > Security Center and select the link on the left hand side labeled “Change the way Security Center alerts me.” In the resulting dialog box, Select “Don’t notify me and don’t display the icon.”. After that step is complete, you may place the Security Center service in disabled and it will not start again or continue to be displayed in the system tray after a reboot. This does not, however, disable any of the three protections, it only disables Security Center.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
Vista Home Basic Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Home Premium Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Business Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Ultimate Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)
Vista Enterprise Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started) Automatic (Delayed Start, Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wscsvc
Display Name: Security Center

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted

Log On As

Account: Local Service

Dependencies

What service Security Center needs to function properly:

What other service require Security Center to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Windows XP Pro x64

Default Description

Monitors system security settings and configurations.

Additional Information

This service monitors the status of Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) and virus protection software. It is always displayed in the system tray as to the status of these particular functions. If you do not want the Security Center to monitor these functions for you, disabling this service is not enough. After rebooting the system, this service will again be placed into Automatic and started. While the service is in the started state, go to Start > Control Panel > <strong >Security Center and select the link on the left hand side labeled “Change the way <strong >Security Center alerts me.” In the resulting dialog box, uncheck Firewall, Automatic Update and Virus Protection. After that step is complete, you may place the <strong >Security Center service in disabled and it will not start again or continue to be displayed in the system tray after a reboot. This does not, however, disable any of the three protections, it only disables <strong >Security Center.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2
XP Pro x64 ? ? Automatic

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wscsvc
Display Name: Security Center

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Security Center needs to function properly:

What other service require Security Center to function properly:

  • None

Windows XP

Default Description

Monitors system security settings and configurations.

Additional Information

This service monitors the status of Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) and virus protection software. It is always displayed in the system tray as to the status of these particular functions. If you do not want the Security Center to monitor these functions for you, disabling this service is not enough. After rebooting the system, this service will again be placed into Automatic and started. While the service is in the started state, go to Start > Control Panel > Security Center and select the link on the left hand side labeled “Change the way Security Center alerts me.” In the resulting dialog box, uncheck Firewall, Automatic Update and Virus Protection. After that step is complete, you may place the Security Center service in disabled and it will not start again or continue to be displayed in the system tray after a reboot. This does not, however, disable any of the three protections, it only disables Security Center and the associated alerts.

Default Startup Type

OS SP0 SP1 SP2 SP3
XP Home ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP MCE 2005 ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Pro ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)
XP Tablet PC 2005 ? ? Automatic (Started) Automatic (Started)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): wscsvc
Display Name: Security Center

Default Path and Command Line Options

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As

Account: Local System Account

Dependencies

What service Security Center needs to function properly:

What other service require Security Center to function properly:

  • None (H, M, P, T)

Additional Reading

None at this time.