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Firewall Is Disabled. I Can't Get It Going

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#1 rpatchen


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Posted 09 October 2006 - 08:50 PM

Hi there. I'm very new to to this site, but my brother-in-law says it's the best help on the Internet. So here's my issue: My Windows firewall has been disabled. When I try to re-enable it, the computer won't allow me to. I have now been without a firewall for months -- I understand this is bad? Has anyone else had a similar problem? Thank you so much.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 09:09 PM

Do you have an antivirus with a firewall component or a third-party
security suite installed? Examples are Norton and McAfee. If this is
the case, those third-party products have disabled the Windows Firewall
in favor of their own. This is fine.

If you don't have anything installed like that, was the computer
completely virus/malware-free when you installed SP2? Be sure the
machine is clean:

Aside from that, here are some links to help you troubleshoot the WF:

FIREWALL DEAD, or other network issues -

Troubleshooting Windows Firewall in XPSP2 - http://tinyurl.com/3tnkt

Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings error (Ramesh) -

Reset the Windows Firewall Policy settings to defaults -
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Posted 10 October 2006 - 06:38 AM

I suggest that you take advantage of the free scan from Microsoft:

Windows One Care Free Scan

Go to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan
It will say "Get a free PC safety scan"

Make sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and
not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.

Allow it to download an Active X component.
Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opens
Click "Next"
Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.

Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.

What version of Everest do you have?
V 1.51 has a software module which will tell you what programs are installed on your computer.
If you have a later version, uninstall it and get V1.51 from the utilities section of oldversion.com

Look for a third party firewall.

The problem with the Windows firewall being disabled if you do not have a third party firewall is that your System Restore function may also be turned off. Check and see if it is functioning.

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