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#1 ComputerDummyE

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 10:04 AM

[font=Tahoma] I would like to work behind Windows Firewall, my computer tells me it is not enabled. I have tried to display my Windows Firewall settings but I receive a dialog box that reads:

Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display firewall settings

I'm stuck and don't know what to do from here to enable the firewall to protect my compter.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!!! :thumbsup:

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#2 mylogicistechno

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 10:22 AM

This might help
I Googled your problem, and this is what I found. I can't vouch for it personally, though, because I haven't encountered the error myself, but it seemed pretty consistent with solutions on other web pages.
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Posted 25 April 2006 - 10:40 AM

Windows firewall is not a great firewall. Indeed i doubt it even works. But your problems maybe indications of an infection or an OS corruption.

1st lets check if the necessary services are running for the security center components. control panel - administrative tools - services ans check if the security center service is running. Turn it on if its off. Then post a hjt log under the security section. for the clean up.

then : Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc -> ok

Locate the following key:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Network | Network Connections | Windows Firewall | Standard Profile

Double click 'Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections' in the right hand pane and set it to 'Not configured'

Click Apply then OK

Try switching on Windows Firewall in your Control Panel..if it still doesn't work, go back into Groupl Policy editor and ensure that all the settings for the other options are at 'Not configured' which is the default setting

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 11:12 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

As stated Windows Firewall is a poor firewall at best. It only blocks incoming requests. That is fine until you have malware make it into youe system and sends your information out over the interent. This (In my opinion) is Microsoft biggest flaw in it's firewall.
Lucky for you there are several very good freeware replacements. I would recommend you use SyGate. Others will recommend their personal faorites, but in my experince SyGate Free Peorsonal Edition 5.6 requires less resources that the rest.
Here is a recommended list of freeware firewalls. You wil be well served by the choice of anyone of there. Good luck.

Firewalls (Run only one.)
Zone Alarm Free for Personal Use
SyGate Presonal Firewall 5.6 (I personally use)
OutPost Firewall Free
Kerio Free Personal Firewall
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