Windows firewall cannot be turned on

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Kranix, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Kranix

    Kranix Guest

    My AVG Internet security trial ran out,and so did my AVG firewall.Now, i cant
    enable Windows firewall.It says its because it isnt using the reccomended
    setting,but when i try to open settings it cant because THE FIREWALL IS
    TURNED OFF!How to reenable my firewall?
     
    Kranix, Apr 12, 2010
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  2. Always state your full Windows version (e.g., WinXP SP3; WinXP 64-bit SP2;
    Vista SP1; Vista 64-bit SP2; Win7; Win7 64-bit) when posting in a forum or
    newsgroup.

    Back-up any personal data (none of which should be considered 100%
    trustworthy at this point) then format the HDD & do a clean install of
    Windows. Please note that a Repair Install (AKA in-place upgrade) will NOT
    fix this!

    HOW TO do a clean install of Win7: See "Using the Custom installation option
    and formatting the hard disk" section of
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Installing-and-reinstalling-Windows-7

    HOW TO do a clean install of Vista: See the "If you want to reinstall
    Windows Vista by performing a clean installation..." section of
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Installing-and-reinstalling-Windows-Vista

    HOW TO do a clean install of WinXP: See
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps and/or Method 1 in
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307

    After the clean install, you'll have the equivalent of a "new computer" so
    take care of everything on the following page before otherwise connecting
    the machine to the internet or a local network (i.e., other computers) and
    before using a flash drive or SDCard that isn't brand-new or hasn't been
    freshly formatted:

    4 steps to help protect your new computer before you go online
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pypc.aspx

    Other helpful references for WinXP users include:

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP Gold (no Service Packs) fully patched
    (after a clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsupdate/msg/3f5afa8ed33e121c

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP1(a) or SP2 fully patched (after a
    clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a066ae41add7dd2b

    Tip for WinXP & Vista users: After getting the computer fully-patched,
    download/install KB971029 manually: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971029

    NB: Any Norton or McAfee free-trial that came preinstalled on the computer
    when you bought it will be reinstalled (but invalid) when Windows is
    reinstalled. You MUST uninstall the free-trial and download/run the
    appropriate removal tool before installing any updates, Windows Service
    Packs or IE upgrades and before installing your new anti-virus application
    (which will require WinXP SP3 to be installed).

    Norton Removal Tool
    ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/removal_tools/Norton_Removal_Tool.exe

    McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool
    http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe

    Also see:

    Risks & Benefits of P2P file sharing
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/data/downloadfileshare/filesharing.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/mmpc/archive/2008/10/06/the-cost-of-free-software.aspx

    Steps To Help Prevent Spyware
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/spyware/prevent.aspx

    Steps to Help Prevent Computer Worms
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/worms/prevent.aspx

    Avoid Rogue Security Software!
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/antivirus/rogue.aspx

    If these procedures look too complex - and there is no shame in admitting
    this isn't your cup of tea - take the machine to a local, reputable and
    independent (i.e., not BigBoxStoreUSA or Geek Squad) computer repair shop.
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Apr 12, 2010
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  3. Kranix

    MowGreen Guest


    Which edition of Windows, please ?


    How to use the "netsh advfirewall firewall" context instead of the
    "netsh firewall" context to control Windows Firewall behavior in Windows
    Server 2008 and in Windows Vista ( Win7, too)
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947709

    You cannot turn on or turn off the Windows Firewall setting on a Windows
    XP Service Pack 2-based computer ( Fixit available in this KB Article )
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/914230



    MowGreen
    ================
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    ================

    banthecheck.com
    "Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked
     
    MowGreen, Apr 13, 2010
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  4. Kranix

    Kranix Guest

    Three letters for that:OMG.

    Running Vista Home Premium SP 2.
     
    Kranix, Apr 13, 2010
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  5. <snipped>
    I believe that was the point. ;-)

    You gave the rest of the critical information in one sentence (the operating
    system and service pack you are running.) Without that - it is difficult to
    tell you how to do something on your specific operating system. ;-)
     
    Shenan Stanley, Apr 13, 2010
    #5
  6. OMG is right. Here's why:

    You should have purchased AVG Internet Security or uninstalled it & then
    installed a replacement anti-virus application or security suite BEFORE the
    30-day free trial expired. Since you didn't, the security of your computer
    cannot be trusted without formatting the HDD & then doing a clean install of
    Windows.

    If the computer didn't come with Vista SP1 preinstalled, Vista Gold will be
    reinstalled so keep reading...

    Support for Vista Gold (no Service Packs) ends today, Tuesday, 13 April
    2010. Effective today, computers running Vista Gold will NOT be offered any
    further critical security updates or Service Pack 1, Automatic Updates will
    not work, and you will not be able to update manually until SP1 or SP2 is
    installed (both of which require several Prerequisite Updates to be
    installed first).

    • What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/what-does-end-of-support-mean
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Apr 13, 2010
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  7. Kranix

    Kranix Guest

    Read the whole thread before replying.
     
    Kranix, Apr 29, 2010
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  8. Know that people may/may not see whatever you see when viewing these
    conversations. It depends greatly on how they connect, which server (of the
    many it is synchronized with) they connect to, how their newsreader works,
    etc. They may even download a bunch of messages while online, go offline,
    answer and then go online at some point to upload.
     
    Shenan Stanley, Apr 29, 2010
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  9. Kranix

    MowGreen Guest

    Learn how to ask a question and then no one would have to ask you which
    OS you're referring to, ingrate.

    I **read the whole thread** on 4/12, 4:27 my time. You had not
    responded to PABear's initial questions so the OS had *NOT* been not
    posted as yet.
    Then it takes you TWO WEEKS to respond to my post ?
    Good luck with the firewall issue.


    MowGreen
    ================
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    ================

    banthecheck.com
    "Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked
     
    MowGreen, Apr 30, 2010
    #9
  10. Excuse me? Mow posted his reply ~8 hours after your first post on 12
    April and ~16 hours before your second reply to this thread on 13
    April.
     
    PA Bear, MS MVP, Apr 30, 2010
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