Solved

Windows Firewall won't start successfully.

Posted on 2006-11-06
12
460 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Windows Firewall starts, runs for a few seconds, then stops.  I have checked the firewall's config, and here are the glaring problems I'm finding...

#1, the command line being passed to start the firewall has systemroot appended to the front of it.  It reads (ignore quotes) "\SystemRoot\C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs"

If I remove the extra \SystemRoot\, or change it to %SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs the system changes it back, and re-adds the additional erronious SystemRoot at the beginning of the path.

The system log is reporting the following errors.

11/6/2006      5:39:42 PM      Service Control Manager      Information      None      7036      N/A      HPDESKTOP      The Application Layer Gateway Service service entered the stopped state.
11/6/2006      5:39:42 PM      Service Control Manager      Information      None      7035      HPDESKTOP\Owner      HPDESKTOP      The Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service was successfully sent a stop control.
11/6/2006      5:39:42 PM      Service Control Manager      Information      None      7036      N/A      HPDESKTOP      The Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service entered the stopped state.
11/6/2006      5:39:27 PM      Service Control Manager      Information      None      7036      N/A      HPDESKTOP      The Application Layer Gateway Service service entered the running state.
11/6/2006      5:39:27 PM      Service Control Manager      Information      None      7035      NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      HPDESKTOP      The Application Layer Gateway Service service was successfully sent a start control.
11/6/2006      5:39:26 PM      Service Control Manager      Information      None      7036      N/A      HPDESKTOP      The Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service entered the running state.
11/6/2006      5:39:26 PM      Service Control Manager      Information      None      7035      HPDESKTOP\Owner      HPDESKTOP      The Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service was successfully sent a start control.

Anybody ever ran into this one before????
0
Comment
Question by:scholfieldauto
  • 6
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
12 Comments
 

Author Comment

by:scholfieldauto
ID: 17886021
Note, I've already performed a virus scan with two AV programs (Norton and AVG) and have also ran an adware scan with two different adware programs.

OS is Windows XP, SP2 Home Edition.
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:qz8dsw
ID: 17886649
An interesting problem.
Never struck it before.

Have a look at this.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920074

That details how to re-install just the firewall.
I'd use method 1 as method 2 is very open for error if mistyped.
Hopefully that will reset the service back to system defaults.

Terry
0
 
LVL 27

Accepted Solution

by:
Jason Watkins earned 500 total points
ID: 17886740
Have you considered not using the XP firewall and using another, more suitable product like Zone-Alarm or Kerio's personal firewall?

Also, a NAT router can protect your machine from a great deal of the security risks seen on the web today.

/F
0
Back Up Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Back up all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:jalilthe1
ID: 17887750
Try these links..........................

Fix Svchost Exe
Fix-PC-Errors.com      
Top Rated Svchost Exe Repair. Free Download. 100% Guaranteed

Svchost Repair
Fix Svchost Errors Instantly. Top
Rated Registry Cleaner-- Free Scan!
PC-Utility.com

System32 Error Repair
I Hate System32 Errors. They
Frustrate Me. There Is a Quick Fix.
System-Error-Repair.Org
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:jalilthe1
ID: 17887838
It looks pretty normal, if it says svchost.exe and not scvhost.exe like you write.

http://www.ss64.com/ntsyntax/services.html
0
 

Author Comment

by:scholfieldauto
ID: 17894020
The Microsoft page on resetting the firewall to defaults didn't do anything, followed it step by step, still same condition.  Thanks for the input!!!
0
 

Author Comment

by:scholfieldauto
ID: 17894116
To the response about scvhost.exe, I don't find anywhere in there where I'd posted that.  If you see it, let me know, everywhere I look says svchost.exe
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:qz8dsw
ID: 17896049
I'd say something has to be resetting it then at a guess.
Have you tried changing it to it's "working condition" the way you were doing booting into safe mode and seeing if it has changed back to the non working one?
0
 

Author Comment

by:scholfieldauto
ID: 17910356
To the person who suggested a registry cleaner...  Tried that, no luck.  Probably optimized my windows performance a bit, but no luck on the firewall problem.
0
 

Author Comment

by:scholfieldauto
ID: 17910364
About to resort to a 3rd party firewall, will let you know if I end up doing that.  :)  Might try the "safe mode" idea first, though.
0
 

Author Comment

by:scholfieldauto
ID: 18149466
As much as I hated to throw in the towel and admit defeat, to be honest, we never were able to find a cure to that problem, other than a 3rd party product.  I think I would probably resort to my old friend Format to fix this one if I ever ran into it again.

Thanks for the info, and thanks for your time!!!
0

Featured Post

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Rebuilding Hive in Windows XP Pro. 17 95
XP driver for Dell Color MFP H625cdw printer needed 7 170
shortcuts on desktops 14 64
How Do I Set Up XP Mode in Windows 7? 8 77
If your system is showing symptoms of browser hijacks or 'google search redirects' check out my other article (http://rdsrc.us/u3GP7A) first and run the tool TDSSKiller (http://rdsrc.us/GDBBs4) to get rid of the infection. Once done, and if the …
For both online and offline retail, the cross-channel business is the most recent pattern in the B2C trade space.
Along with being a a promotional video for my three-day Annielytics Dashboard Seminor, this Micro Tutorial is an intro to Google Analytics API data.
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

773 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question