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I'm learning penetration testing and tried to disable the watchdog processes of AVG 2015 Antivirus Free on the target PC (Windows XP SP3 running in VirtualBox) with the commands:

C:\WINDOWS\system32> sc config AVGIDSAgent  start= disabled
C:\WINDOWS\system32> sc config avgwd        start= disabled

But I get Access Denied even though I am logged in as administrator. Is there an other way to disable (or even kill) a service using the command line or the msfconsole with meterpreter?

I want to disable the service so I can kill all AVG processes after the next reboot.

  • You might need something that could remove AVG's kernel hooks first, e.g. KernelDetective... – grawity Sep 2 '15 at 15:10
  • Kernel Detective does not provide any command line interface AFAIK. Is there another program which can do this? – Peter Sep 2 '15 at 17:19

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