Group Policy disables Firewall -- but PC is not part of a domain or network?
Posted on 2005-05-15
It's a friend's Windows XP HE laptop system. It was majorly infected with spyware, malware, trojans. Cleaning up is coming along nicely, but I'm finally at the point where I want to reconnect to the internet, and have discovered there's a group policy preventing my turning on the firewall (the XP default). This PC isn't part of a network, or under domain control, as far as I can tell. Something or somebody got control as a domain administrator and set the policy, which I now can't unset (XP Home Edition doesn't support group policies, and there are no available snap-ins).
I've installed ZA personal edition as a stop-gap, but would like to clean up the mess this has probably made in the registry.
Can anyone help me out here?