After loading several AV programs/scanners
What programs/scanners? By loading
, do you mean installed? What did they report/reveal/remove/quarantine/heal...etc? After scanning, did you uninstall all but one AV
? If so, how did you uninstall them? Need more info.
due to trying to eliminate a virus
I am not a malware removal expert, but I strongly suggest you post in the Am I infected? What do I do?
It seems to me you still are/may be infected and/or have lingering after effects of the infection.
When I clicked on that button, nothing happened
....there was no option to actually turn the firewall on/off in this particular window
This is not good. See above.Could an AV program/scanner program that I loaded have caused the Windows Firewall to be disabled (or replaced)?
Short answer: Yes. If you installed a "Security Suite" I believe they include a Firewall, which may disable the Windows Firewall by default (I've never used a "Suite" so forgive my ignorance on this) Could also be the malware. Could be.....too many variables. Again, Need more info.
Assuming my Windows Firewall should be turned on, how can I verify it really is turned on... Not sure why or how to make it active
This may help: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/cant-turn-on-windows-7-firewall/430ae342-e16d-4b49-a726-20510bd559c4
Method 1: Please run "services.msc", stop "Windows Event Controller" service first, then make sure "Base Filtering Engine" service is started.
In the Start Menu type devmgmt.msc, and open Device Manager. On the View tab, choose "Devices by connection" and put a check next to "Show hidden devices". Look for Windows Firewall Authorization Driver (it will have a gold gear icon).Double-click that, and on the Driver tab, make sure the Startup type is set to "Demand".
Then start "Windows Firewall" service, and check if the issue gets resolved.
Also check Control Panel>> Action Center>> Expand "Security" Tab
Edited by Union_Thug, 04 June 2011 - 06:01 AM.