Just yesterday, I disabled certain unnecessary services in comp with XP Pro. Now, the MacAfee (Total protection 2009) System tray icon has gone missing and the Security console do not open, when I try to open it from the Start menu.
Please note that MacAfee do start-up after booting. The system tray icon appears for a few seconds but after that it disappears. All MacAfee related services are running in the Task Manager; only thing is that the console is not opening.
I disabled a number of services yesterday following an online manual. My computer is running perfectly after that; apart from this abnormal behavior of McAfee.
Any ideas which service is responsible for keeping the Security Center running? I think I should enable it. I do not want to enable all the services because they waste a lot of RAM.
It's generally not recommended to start tweaking your system that way (there is very little to be gained). Because of things like this. McAfee is tightly integrated with the operating system, and there is no way to be sure that these tweaks will not affect McAfee or any other software for that matter, and even if you got it right now that doesn't mean you will not encounter a similar problem in the future.
But if you don't want to set your services back to the way they were:
They may appear to be using resources but actually are not until they actually kick into action. Don't stop anything in your services, that is one guaranteed way to screw up your system. The other way is to use any kind of registry cleaners, tweaks etc.
They have no dependencies so you should just start all of them, except for Scanner (unless running at the time).