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Firewall, Automatic Updates, Virus Protection Turned Off For About 0.2 Seconds


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#1 Moon013

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 01:28 AM

I had a problem. I just got myself a new Computer, OS is windows XP. Processor is Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz


I realized that after reinstalling my stuff (like firefox, gigaget, AVG, etc) and have transfered all my stuff from external hard disk to my current hard disk, i found a big problem. (I am not sure if the problem exists beforehand)

Firstly, I go into Windows Security Center (by going into Control Panel -> Security Center). There, I see that my Firewall, Automatic Updates and my Virus Protection are all ON. That is natural, as that is what it should be. My firewall uses the default Windows Firewall, and my Virus Protection uses AVG.

In split second, all 3 of them will be set to OFF, and immediately (after about 0.1 to 0.2 second) they will be back on once again. This happens randomly, as there is no fix timing on when is going to happen.

It happens almost regularly, about once to twice per minute. I knew it because I stare at my monitor for quite sometime to test.

I need desperate help, is there something going on in my new PC?

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 07:01 AM

firstly why are you using windows firewall? it isnt very good i would recommend you get something like ZoneAlram (free edition is avaiavlable)

ZoneAlarm free (Firewall)
http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/cat...=GB&lang=en

what you need to do is under each catergory eg firewall, there should be link that says "Show Me Other Options" under that you should then select "I have a firewall/Antiviurs/Spyware remove that i manage myself"

this *should* resolve it, disconnect off your internet, turn off all protection from your system tray, then in security centre disable and re-enable all your security and restart the computer)

let us know if this works.

#3 hamluis

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 09:03 AM

Well...that Security Center icon...may not reflect reality. The Security Center does not recognize all firewalls and AV programs properly, although it certainly should reflect the status of the Windows firewall if you are using that.

The suggestion to use a 3d-party firewall is a good one.

http://netsecurity.about.com/od/firewalls/a/aa081804b.htm

I suggest giving the Sunbelt Firewall a try, Kerio Personal Firewall - http://www.sunbelt-software.com/Kerio.cfm The trial reverts to the free version after xx days.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:48 AM

guys thanks for the help.

TheHelp, sorry I could not find the link that says "Show me other options"..Instead, in the drop down 'menu' when clicked the Firewall under Windows Security Center, the only link I saw is "How does a computer help my computer?"...

Edited by Moon013, 07 March 2008 - 03:52 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 08:09 AM

I see the same thing as Moon013.

If I prompt for the detail under Firewall, I see a notation that Sunbelt Personal is on. If I go to the bottom area (Manage Security Settings) I see that the Windows firewall is not operative (because the Sunbelt Personal firewall is operative), as it should be.

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 07 March 2008 - 08:12 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 08:36 AM

I tend to agree with Louis that it's just an anomaly. If it were the icons flashing in the system tray, then I might be concerned.
This is a WAG, but check your refresh rate, although I don't think it would be limited to just the icons

Edited by garmanma, 07 March 2008 - 08:42 AM.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 04:40 PM

I recommend you to use mcafee total internet security suite 2008 or any other total internet suite. These antivirus programs have powerful firewell and virus protections. This will definitely solve your problem.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 05:59 PM

No, the McAfee suite will not solve your problem. At my place of employment, we see, on average, 4-5 malware infested machines a week that I have to clean up. Out of every 5, 2 have McAfee, and 2 have Symantec or Norton. 1 in 5 has nothing. Most of these times, they are bringing in the machine because malware DISABLED McAfee/Symantec. For this reason, I have to respectfully disagree with grap6b here.

I'd like to get a closer look at your system just to be safe, however.

If you'd like me to take a closer look, Please download Deckard's System Scanner and save it to your desktop.
Double click the downloaded file on your desktop.
When finished, Deckard's system scanner will produce 2 logs, a Main.txt and a Extra.txt. Please post both in your next reply.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:23 AM

Interesting link, Billy, thanks :thumbsup:.

For those who want more info before downloading, http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/index.php?a...amp;showfile=19

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:27 PM

Thanks to all of you for the help.

Sorry Billy, some of the Deckard's System Scanner actions I do not really want it to do...one example is that my computer has 2 accounts, and one of them is not mine..I do not wish to delete its temp files... In addition, the thing looks pretty complicated..I am sorry.

Is there any other method I could use?

Edited by Moon013, 10 March 2008 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2008 - 10:29 PM

Nah, dont worry about it.
DSS gives a report (its part of extra.txt) about the windows security center, what programs you have installed that it looks for, if the software is outdated, etc. I was just going to check that to see if anything abnormal turned up. But I think you are fine.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:35 PM

Okay, really thanks for all the help you guys have given me.

If anyone actually has the same problem as mine and actually solve it, it would be great if you tell me about it

Have a nice day too billy, thanks again.




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