windows firewall will not enable

  Bufff 22:10 28 Aug 06

I am running xp with sp2 and have automatic updates set to on. Windows security centre shows firewall switched off. Have tried to switch on the firewall using windows security centre and control panel. The message i get is 'due to an unidentified problem windows cannot display windows firewall settings'. Is there any way i can re-install the firewall or repair the existing one? Would re-installing sp2 solve this problem?

  STREETWORK 22:15 28 Aug 06

Could be spyware.

Download and run

Spybot Search and Destroy

Post back result

  Ray5776 22:16 28 Aug 06

Think yourself lucky, use something else like Zone Alarm or Kerio.

  rdave13 22:21 28 Aug 06

Try >>start>>run>>services.msc. enter.

Scroll down to Windows Firewall/Internet connections Shareing device. Double click set startup to automatic then start service.

If that doesn't help try a TCP/IP stack repair.

Start>run>cmd and press enter.
netsh winsock reset>>press enter.

Message should read" successfuly reset the winsock catalogue." Reboot.

  Ray5776 22:22 28 Aug 06
  Bufff 20:26 29 Aug 06

Thanks for the responses. I ran spybot and AD Aware and removed the spyware etc it found but this did not solve the problem with windows firewall. I have adopted the advice given and have installed zone alarm. Thanks for the help.

  birdface 22:07 30 Aug 06

Buff, Are you running Windows One Care, I had the same problem while running it, Could not run Windows firewall,It appears that windows One Care Dissables the use of it,in the control panel,And uses it in One care,

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