Security Center (wscsvc) Service Defaults in Windows 10

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 The health settings include firewall (on/off), antivirus (on/off/out of date), antispyware (on/off/out of date), Windows Update (automatically/manually download and install updates), User Account Control (on/off), and Internet settings (recommended/not recommended).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 Security and Maintenance UI uses the service to provide systray alerts and a graphical view of the security health states in the Security and Maintenance 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.

Default Settings

Startup type:Automatic
Display name:Security Center
Service name:wscsvc
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted -p
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\wscsvc.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wscsvc
Privileges:
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege

Default Behavior

Security Center is a Win32 service. In Windows 10 it is starting automatically when the operating system starts. Then the Security Center service is running as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process of svchost.exe along with other services. If Security Center fails to start, the failure details are being recorded into Event Log. Then Windows 10 will start up and notify the user that the wscsvc service has failed to start due to the error.

Dependencies

Security Center cannot be started under any conditions, if the following services are disabled, deleted or working improperly:

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Security Center

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which Security Center depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER:

sc config wscsvc start= auto
sc start wscsvc

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The wscsvc service is using the wscsvc.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows 10 installation media.