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Windows XP Firewall keeps re-starting on boot

Hi Experts

Every time I reboot, Windows Firewall turns itself on, even though I have turned it off in the previous session. I need it off, permanently. How do I do that?

Thanks.
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Aland CoonsSystems EngineerCommented:
Try turning System Restore OFF and rebooting once before disabling the Firewall.
If that works reboot once more before turning System Restore back ON again.
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Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
That can be one issue, system restore, but I say leave it off no matter what.
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001111912274039?OpenDocument&src=sec_doc_nam
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q263455/

You have to turn it off everytime you need to clean your system anyway...

This is the offical M$ way of doing it...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283673#5

you can also use  
netsh.exe firewall set opmode mode=disable profile=all
or http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/scripts/network/firewall/nwfwvb07.mspx
-rich
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metalaureateAuthor Commented:
But how do I turn it off so that it doesn't turn itself back on after a reboot? I have tried all the above ideas and they all reset at reboot.
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Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
That is how it should be done, it works for me on all my xp machines, control panel, the netsh command, or the vb script. When my pc's reboot it stays off... hmmm
Do you have the Spybot TeaTimer or another registry restoring program perhaps?
-rich
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metalaureateAuthor Commented:
I have ZoneAlarm running. Something in that netsh command upsets it, because I then have trouble accessing my localhost IIS, and once my computer blue-screened as I was playing with both the Zone Alarm settings and turning off the firewall using your netsh command.

?
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Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/depfwset/wfsp2apb.mspx#EHAA
Hmmm... I dunno what to tell you, works on my pc's... but we dont' have ZA on them.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/depfwset/wfsp2ngp.mspx
The registry keys to add to disable Windows Firewall for both the domain and standard profiles are the following:
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\DomainProfile \EnableFirewall=0 (DWORD data type)
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\StandardProfile \EnableFirewall=0 (DWORD data type)

Netsh help
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=875357
-rich
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