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Windows XP firewall issues

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Hello all, I was wandering through the the control panel trying to configure some port forwarding when I saw my windows xp firewall was not active. I cannot turn it on because all the options under "General" are greyed out. I am logged in as the system administrator.

I read a post from someone who wanted to turn the firewall off but was unable to do so because of a similar problem . . . however the solution to that problem ( stopping the windows firewall service and then restarting it ) did not work for me.

I do not have any other firewall software running on my machine apart from a built in Nvidia firewall. Turning the nvidia firewall on or off does not affect the windows firewall option.

I have some antivirus and anti-spyware running on my machine:
AVG free
Bitdefender free
Spybot teatimer
Adaware SE plus
Windows Spyware remover beta

Is it possible any of these are the culprit?

I have read of some problems concerning the activation of windows firewall after a scan and removal of malware using windows spyware remover beta. However, the problem has been occurring since before I installed and ran WSR.

Any help would be fantastic! :tazz:
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I have this problem too. Have you resolved this?
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