I've been working on a machine for a couple of days that was so badly infected with malware that it wouldn't even boot.
This machine was infected with over a thousand parasites, and my tried & trusted usual anti-malware removal apps got most of them... but they failed to detect a MFT infection by a rootkit.
This rootkit disabled the update functionality of Windows Defender and the ability to access the Windows update site, along with most other Microsoft websites.
In addition to that, it was hijacking the IE browser, redirecting you to another search engine which I can't recall right now as well as displaying porn pop-ups even though the IE & Google pop-up blockers were active.
I started searching and found several other individuals with the same issue, the error generated by Windows Defender was :
Error : 0x80072efe
The application that did the trick was called Hitman Pro 3, which has a 30 day free trial.
Here's the link where to find this application :
Hope this helps those of you with the same problem.
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Error : 0x80072efe Rootkit Disables Windows Defender & Windows Update Functionality
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