Windows firewall in Vista Windows security centre

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Kirsty, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Kirsty

    Kirsty Guest

    Every time I shut off, hibernate or put my laptop to sleep it turns off the
    fire wall and so i'm having to continually turn it back on again every time i
    use it - I have no other fire wall programme on the laptop.

    Please help!
     
    Kirsty, Aug 7, 2007
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  2. Kirsty

    dean-dean Guest

    In the Start Search box of the Start Menu, type services.msc. Is the
    Windows Firewall service set to be Automatic at startup?

    In the Start Menu type devmgmt.msc, and open Device Manager. On the View
    tab, choose "Devices by connection" and put a check next to "Show hidden
    devices". Look for Windows Firewall Authorization Driver (it will have a
    gold gear icon). Double-click that, and on the Driver tab, make sure the
    Startup type is set to "Demand".
     
    dean-dean, Aug 7, 2007
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  3. Kirsty

    Kirsty Guest

    Right, I've got to the 'sevices' window but i don't have a view tab or
    anything where i can choose 'show hidden devices'. The only tabs are
    'extended' and 'standard' and the only mention of 'view' is on the top menu
    and doesn't have the required option.

    Windows firewall shows with a blue gear wheel (so i assume its not the right
    one), when i go into it it gives start up options of 'automatic' (which it
    was already set to), automatic (delayed start), manual and disabled - no
    option for for 'demand'
     
    Kirsty, Aug 8, 2007
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  4. Kirsty

    dean-dean Guest

    Your Services setting looks to be fine. You can close that window. The
    second thing I was talking about is a different console, called devmgmt.msc,
    or Device Manager. This where you'll find View in the menu.
     
    dean-dean, Aug 8, 2007
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  5. Kirsty

    Kirsty Guest

    Got it - think this has done the trick, many thanks
     
    Kirsty, Aug 8, 2007
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  6. Kirsty

    Kirsty Guest

    sorry, my bad, it's still doing it - also noticed that the firewall turns off
    every time the wireless internet connection drops off
     
    Kirsty, Aug 12, 2007
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  7. Kirsty

    Mike Guest

    Kirsty, Mine does the same thing only when connecting or reconnecting to the
    internet. Any fixes yet??
     
    Mike, Nov 8, 2007
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  8. Kirsty

    Armin Guest

    Hello everybody,
    A long time passed since this thread; I have exactly the same problem, is
    there a solution yet??
    Thanks!
     
    Armin, Jul 25, 2008
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  9. Kirsty

    Nonny Guest

    Yes, a VERY long time. And though you quoted a lot of material, it
    included more than one post/reply and is difficult to read.

    You should start a new thread, and give a detailed description of your
    problem and what you have already tried to do to fix it.
     
    Nonny, Jul 25, 2008
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  10. Kirsty

    Armin Guest

    Hello Nonny,
    My problem is exactly as described in this and several other threads:
    The Windows firewall on my Acer 5715Z laptop with Vista Home Basic reverts
    to OFF when the laptop wakes up from standby or after turning it on.
    I defined it as ON several times, and I also checked all the suggestions in
    this thread (the CAPS at the end of the steps are my answer):
    1. In the Start Search box of the Start Menu, type services.msc. Is the
    Windows Firewall service set to be Automatic at startup? YES, IT IS
    2. In the Start Menu type devmgmt.msc, and open Device Manager. On the View
    tab, choose "Devices by connection" and put a check next to "Show hidden
    devices". Look for Windows Firewall Authorization Driver (it will have a
    gold gear icon). Double-click that, and on the Driver tab, make sure the
    Startup type is set to "Demand". YES, IT IS.

    Thank you for the response, I didn't find any solution on the web and forums,
    Armin
     
    Armin, Jul 26, 2008
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  11. Kirsty

    Nonny Guest

    That seems to be a problem common to Acer laptops dating back well
    over a year.

    I have no answer, and cannot find one. The closes I came was one that
    suggested that a lot of Acer systems came preinstalled with Norton
    Internet Security and after the trial period expired it was either
    interfering, or an uninstall was incomplete and it was still
    interfering. The rationale being that two firewalls running together,
    one will lose... usually Vista's.

    Check that out. If it doesn't help, you might try installing the
    free version of Zone Alarm.
     
    Nonny, Jul 26, 2008
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  12. Kirsty

    Armin Guest

    Nonny,
    The laptop came with McAfee trial which I removed and installed AVG
    (antivirus, no firewall).
    I installed the Comodo firewall and it seems Ok for the one day I have it. I
    hope it will not cause other problems; if it will not work our I will try the
    Zone Alarm.

    I can cope with it but I am wondering how two reputable firms, MS and Acer,
    let this serious security issue unsolved!!! This is supposed to be a turnkey
    system for the ordinary guy!
    Armin
     
    Armin, Jul 26, 2008
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  13. Kirsty

    Nonny Guest

    Comodo is probably better. Zone Alarm had some recent problems with
    one of the MS updates. I'm not sure that's been fixed.

    I had some problems with ZA some years ago and just stopped using it.

    Your guess is as good as anyone's. But I'd put the blame on Acer,
    before Microsoft.
     
    Nonny, Jul 27, 2008
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  14. Kirsty

    Armin Guest

    Nonny,
    After two weeks with Comodo I am happy to say that I had no problems.
    It is a little too verbose and warns about every little program, even the
    Window ones, but it remembers what I allow and it quiets down with time.
    So the problem is "solved".
    Armin
     
    Armin, Aug 8, 2008
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  15. COOL!

    Paul Montgomery
    (formerly "Nonny")
     
    John Amendall, Aug 8, 2008
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