I was helped by Ex_Brit with a previous question regarding McAfee Internet Security updates. The advice was good and led to a safe mode System Restore date back in December 2011. This date precedes the later part of January 2012 when "Message from web site" from potentially malicious third party advertisers started appearing, with Windows Internet Security 8 Pop-up Blocker On, on the PCH games site. I then brought McAfee and Microsoft updates up to date and downloaded, for the second time, Malwarebytes Anti-Virus program. Both times I used the Malwarebytes it identified and quarantined the same problem regarding the Security Center, and the supposed bug was zapped. I was also still continuing to receive "Messages from web site" only on the PCH games site. Since I am still concerned about the need to uninstall Windows and start from scratch, I decided to investigate the findings further on a Malwarebytes forum. I provided the following two log entries:
l. Registry Data Item detected: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center|ANTIVIRUSDISABLENOTIFY (PUM Disabled.Security) [an arrow] Bad (1) Good (0) -- Quarantined and repaired successfully.
2. Is the same except FIREWALLDISABLENOTIFY replaces ANTIVIRUSDISABLENOTIFY
One of the answers I received from the Malwarebytes forum said that McAfee disables Windows Security Center malfunctions/notification since it includes its own self-monitoring software. This makes sense to me, and if I understand correctly, the Malwarebytes scan produced two false positive results. Is this correct? If this is correct and the files have been quarantined and zapped and no longer on the computer, does this affect the ability of McAfee Internet Security to function correctly? Windows Security Center is showing that both Firewall and Virus Protection are ON and being protected by McAfee. If McAfee has been affected, I could always do a System Restore again.
Dealing with "Messages from web site" problem is a whole other subject since Malwarebytes and another free downloaded malware finder program did not produce any additional findings. I feel there may be nothing wrong with my computer, and that it is a PCH problem -- PCH is a gateway for the third party advertisers who are not paying to advertise. I wish I knew for sure. I suppose I could go to the library and use one of its computers to play Sudoku and see whether or not these messages pop-up. I have reported these incidents to PCH.
Since this is kind of lengthy, I have underlined the questions I'd like you to answer. Thands for any help you can give.