I've been having this problem with my firewall lately. Just started 3 days ago. The whole entire service has been shutting completely off approximatley 2:00 minutes after connecting to the internet on my wireless d-link adapter and upon boot or reboot. Now don't get me wrong, I can turn it back on. I get the message, "Windows firewall settings cannot be displayed because associated service is not running. Do you want to start windows firewall/internet connection sharing (ICS) service?", when I click the firewall icon. I click yes and it comes back on, but STILL. Its never did this before. I have to keep turning it back on every time I reboot, when it cuts off. Is this perhaps a virus, spyware attack or maybe a hack attempt or exploit? I have windows xp home edition, service pack 3, wireless connection, no other firewall but windows firewall, no anti-virus, lots of spyware programs (superantispyware, spybot search and destroy, trojan remover) which I ran over and over again but still the problem persist, and also a dell computer. Windows firewall and service doesn't shut down when i'm not connected to the internet, hmm, which is strange. I've heard of ways hackers can shut the firewall off through codes and such. I'm scared. Please help.
Edited by Precarious Dude, 12 August 2008 - 10:39 AM.