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#1 Charal

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 12:50 AM

I am trying to activate the Windows Firewall and get this message

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Windows Firewall
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Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings.
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OK
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Any ideas on what to do?

Thanks a lot

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 03:28 AM

Hi Charal, welcome to BC

When this happened, did it have an error code, if so what was it?

What anti-virus protection are you using, if it is something like McAfee or Norton they have their own firewalls and you would be better using theirs, don't try to run the MS and another firewall at the same time as the tend to create conflicts.

Just for the record, the MS firewall dosen't enjoy that great of a reputation, if you don't have another firewall available there are two that are freeware that I would recomend, Sygate or Zone Alarm. I have used them both and like the sygate better, but that's my personal opinion.

Here are links to the download sites.

Sygate
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_desc...,RSS,RSS,00.asp

Zone Alarm
http://www.download.com/3000-2092-10039884.html

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 04:02 AM

Hello,

Try next:

1. go to start > run and copy and paste next command in the field:

NETSH FIREWALL RESET

Click ok

Wait till the Dosprompt (black window) closes again.
Then look if you can access the firewall settings again.
If this doesn't work, go to step 2.

2. Go to start > run and copy and paste next command in the field:

services.msc

Search in the list for Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) <== if this isn't present, go to step 3.

Click "stop" there.
click OK and close the window.

Then go back to your Controlpanel and click: Windows Firewall
You should get an error then.. telling you that the service Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is disabled/stopped and if you want to enable/start it.
Click Yes/ok
So the service should be started again and you will be able to change settings in it.

3. (Only perform this if previous steps failed)
Download this regfix:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/reg/sharedaccess.reg
Place it on your desktop.
Now doubleclick sharedaccess.reg
Click yes/ok at the prompt.

Then REBOOT!! Important!

After reboot, go to start > run and copy and paste next command in the field:

NETSH FIREWALL RESET

Click ok

Wait till the Dosprompt (black window) closes again.
Then look if you can access the firewall settings again.
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Posted 16 April 2006 - 08:22 AM

Thanks a lot. That was very helpful. Charal

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 10:18 AM

Now that you got the Windows firewall working again you should replace it.

Zonealarm freeware or Sygate are two of several freeware software firewalls that will give you protection against both incoming and outgoing exposures. The Windows firewall only gives you protection against incoming threats and does not give protection against trojans, phonehomes, etc.

(Run only one and disable the ineffective Windows XP firewall)

Zone Alarm:
http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/cata...g=en&lid=nav_za

or
http://www.download.com/ZoneAlarm/3000-10435_4-10039884.html

or
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/
(you can have only one software firewall running. More than one will conflict)

Zonealarm automatically disables the Windows firewall upon installation and becomes monitored by the XP Security Center. I don't know if that is true for Sygate or the others available because I haven't used any but Zonealarm.

Edited by Enthusiast, 16 April 2006 - 10:20 AM.





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