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Windows Firewall

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Hujambo, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. Hujambo

    Hujambo Thread Starter

    May 5, 2004
    My Windows XP SP2 Firewall opens with an error message:

    "Windows Firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running. Do you want to start the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service?"

    I answer yes and the firewall connects and opens. After a while, I check back and the firewall is not running and I have to go through the same exercise. This repeats itself constantly.

    I have no idea how to fix this. Your help is appreciated.
  2. Pete C.

    Pete C.

    Oct 1, 2005
    You could try the following if you like and see what it buys you:
    Go to Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Advanced Tab then at the bottom of that tab click on Restore Defaults. I would reboot then and see what happens from there. Good luck and report back to let us know.

    Pete C.
  3. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    Try this: start > run: cmd and at the prompt enter each line:

    netsh winsock reset catalog
    netsh firewall reset

    reboot and see if the problem continues to occur. If it does -- complete the following.

    Run some antivirus scans and post a Hijackthis scanlog.

    Download and install HijackThis using the "self extractor". Run it and select "do a system scan and save the log file". Then copy/paste the contents of the log to a reply


    Also run eventvwr.msc and look in both the Systems and Applications logs for any errers

    If the problem is relatively recent, to save a lot of troubleshooting, you could try doing a System Restore: Start > run: msconfig > launch System Restore and choose a date when this was not happening.

    They can be undone if not helpful.
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