Symantec Scan Engine (SSE) service does not start after Java is updated with the event: "Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in timely fashion".


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The SSE service is stopped.  When restarting the SSE service from the Windows Service Control Panel it fails to start and reports the following error message:

Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in timely fashion.

The Windows Application Event log shows the following error message:


  • Java was updated and required a computer reboot.

This condition is met when the Windows Application Event log has an event like the following showing that Java was updated and the installer required a reboot:


Log Name:      Application
Source:        MsiInstaller
Date:          4/14/2012 3:41:44 PM
Event ID:      1005
Task Category: None
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Classic
User:          SYSTEM

The Windows Installer initiated a system restart to complete or continue the configuration of 'Java(TM) 6 Update 31'. 

  • The Java installation is missing files.

Some or all of the following files are missing:


c:\program files(x86)\Java\jre6\lib\jce.jar
c:\program files(x86)\Java\jre6\lib\jsse.jar
c:\program files(x86)\Java\jre6\lib\rt.jar
c:\program files(x86)\Java\jre6\ext\sunjce_provider.jar
c:\program files(x86)\Java\jre6\ext\sunmscapi.jar




The Java installer is not detecting that the SSE service is still using the Java DLLs.  As a result the Java installer is not putting the required updated files in the Java installation.  See the following Java defect submission for more details: JDK files tools.jar, jsse.jar, resources.jar, and rt.jar get deleted on reboot.


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Always stop the Symantec Scan Engine service before performing a Java update.  

To address this issue once it has occured uninstall Java from the Add/Remove control panel.  Then reinstall the version of Java desired.