Unable to keep Network Discovery and Windows Firewall off!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Rebecca, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. Rebecca

    Rebecca Guest

    I have had so many problems with Vista it's exhausting and just when I
    thought things were calming down a bit, up comes something new. I have a
    Dell Inspiron E1405, 32 bit, Vista SP1 wireless, D-Link router with a
    desk-top (XP) wired to the router, and a HP printer (also wireless) set-up
    to work through the network. Since everything through the network shares a
    WPA-2 key, there's no need for me to use network discovery nor do I want to
    since I like my privacy, live in a townhome where there are lots of other
    wireless networks up and running, and don't want to risk having my private
    information out there.

    Anyway, I also have McAfee Security Suite running and we're not supposed to
    run 2 firewalls, but Windows won't let me turn off their firewall! Well,
    more exactly, I can turn it off but then it automatically turns on Network
    Discovery (figure that one out!), and when I turn off Network Discovery, it
    automatically turns Windows Firewall back on again! Nothing I do makes a
    difference! It seems it's either one or the other--it won't let me turn off
    the firewall and Network Discovery at the same time. I have been plagued by
    Network Discovery turning itself on every so often without me being aware of
    it until I stumble upon it, so I'm never sure how long it has been on, but I
    have learned to check every day or two. It has never been this impossible
    to manage.

    Any ideas? I'd really love to get this one settled so that the firewall and
    ND both stay off unless I go in and flip the switch. Frankly, I'm so fed up
    with Vista that I'm about ready to head for the Mac world and I never
    thought I'd say that! However, after almost two months of problems
    associated with Vista (basically, since the SP1 download succeeded), I'm
    ready to concede defeat and retreat.

    Please help!

    Thank you in advance,

    Rebecca, Oct 25, 2008
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  2. Rebecca

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Rebecca,

    Since that's not normal behavior, I would suspect that Vista's operation of
    those functions is being interfered with. The primary suspect would be your
    McAfee software as it is trying to control your system's safety functions. I
    refuse to use any of McAfee's software, so cannot advise you on what to look
    for in it, but a positive test would be to uninstall the software and see if
    you are able to regain control of the firewall and network discovery
    Rick Rogers, Oct 25, 2008
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  3. Thank you for taking time to post. Unfortunately, it didn't work. I
    uninstalled McAfee as suggested, rebooted, then gave it a try but the problem

    Anybody else have an idea?
    NY Yankees lover, Oct 26, 2008
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