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How to disable the Security Center in Windows XP SP2 ?

The Security Center service in Windows XP Service Pack 2 monitors system security settings and configurations. (firewall, anti-virus and Automatic Updates status). To disable the service, use the following steps:

  • Click Start, Run and type Services.msc
  • Locate the Security Center entry in the list
  • Double-click Security Center and set it's Startup type to Disabled

Note that this will turn-off the service, and also alerts the alerts issued by the Security Center. See here for more information about the alerts