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:
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!