Amongst other problems, I am having issues trying to get Windows Firewall to work.
I am running Windows 7 64-bit Service Pack 1 with the latest version of Avast Free Antivirus and I am logged in as an Admin.
Action Center reports that Windows Firewall is turned off or set-up incorrectly. When I try to turn it on it says
"Action Center can't turn on Windows Firewall.
Turn on Windows Firewall manually"
When I click on the link (the underscored text), it brings me to the Windows Firewall page where it is red and says
"Update your Firewall settings
Windows Firewall is not using the recommended settings to protect your computer."
When I click on "Use recommended settings" or try to change any of the Firewall settings, it gives me this error
"Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings.
Error code 0x8007042c"
In Event Viewer, there is this error:
"The Windows Firewall service depends on the Base Filtering Engine service which failed to start because of the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it."
According to Services, BFE is disabled and when trying to change it's Startup type, it gives me this error:
"Access is denied."
In msconfig, I have checked Base Filtering Engine and restarted the computer multiple times but it always remains unchecked.
I'm not really sure what else to do. It could have something to do with me messing around in msconfig and temporarily disabling all of the services when I was trying to figure out what might be causing my other issue but I have since enabled all Microsoft services except Bluetooth Support ('cause I don't use Bluetooth) and Base Filtering Engine which refuses to work and since Windows Firewall service is dependent on it, that won't work.
I appreciate your time.