1. Are you running Registry Cleaners? Those often cause major issues and are not recommended. If yes, try their restore function.
2. Is this Vista SP2 and does it have the latest updates including IE9 fully updated?
3. What name & version of McAfee software are you using? Open it and click 'About'.
4. Is your System Clock accurate?
5.. Have you had any other strange happenings, popups etc. that would indicate malware?
Don't know what registry cleaners are so not likely
Vista is SP2 - I try to do all updates from Windows
IE9 says 9.0.8112.16421 - I don't use chrome or other add ons from Google
McAfee Total Protection - 205 days left - see below
System Clock on lower right of screen is accurate if that is wht is important?
Is the occurance of two services hosts trying to or actually running significant?
I see last update was December 22, 2012 which I thought No components other than Anti Virus and Anti Spyware have updated since. Virus and Spyware updated today which is interesting so it may be running
Sounds OK. I assume you're on an 'always on' Internet connection?
SecurityCenter itself only updates occasionally, it's further down - VirusScan and the engine date that matters, that should say today or yesterday at the most.
I was asking about the System Clock simply because if that isn't right all sorts of weird things can happen because the software thinks it's another time or day.
If the MVT isn't fixing things and it the software is throwing up errors all I can suggest is uninstall via Control Panel in the normal way, run the MCPR cleanup tool, listed under Useful Links at the top of this page, reboot and reinstall from the online account.
Other than that Technical Support can help free of charge by phone or online chat and are linked under that same spot.
I did the remove and reinstall. Now is
It made me remove malwarebytes before it would install. Then on reboot after install I got same old message that services host not running so I rebooted and downloaded MVT which showed no problems after anoter reboot. I did get a message that said Windows Defender is not working and I need to turn it on. I didn't turn it on yet as one note I think in checking security from Control Panel it says that Firewalls can be incompatible.
Thanks for the help so far. I hope I am getting closer