In Control Panel when I try to access the Windows Firewall, I get a message that can't run because the associated Internet Connection Service (ICS) will not start. When I click OK to start ICS I get a message that it cannot start. I run Windows XP Home SP2 fully updated.
And yest, I used Start>Run>services.msc to manually start the service and that fails too.
Please reply as to how to get the Windows Firewall to work on my PC.
Please note the following
(1) STICK TO THE QUESTION, NO WORKAROUNDS. Please do not reply that I can install a free 3rd party firewall or Norton Internet Secuity or similar from other vendors. I know that. (Established vendor SW is NOT free and I prefer not to use free SW for this purpose and just leave it at that). Please do not reply that Windows firewall is not as good as (whatever) because it only protects Inbound. (Hint: Inbound is most of what matters in protecting MY computer. "most" means not all but good enough for my pirpose.)
Note: I have Norton AV 2009 (not Norton Internet Security 2009 which includes a firewall) and Windows Defender for the rest. And at any REAL sign of a malware I run ComboFix (for those EE experts who know what that is) and ComboFix is very very effective at removing malware. And if not, I submit the log to a malware expert who tells me what else to do.
Also I have no interest whatsoever in using any feature of Internet Connection Sharing. I do not have a home network nor do I want to do sharing. I want the Windows Firewall to provide malware protection; sharing is not the goal.
Also regarding MS's directions on how to start ICS at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314066
(a) See above, I do not want to use what ICS provides
the above KB says (after directions to start ICS)
"When you enable Internet Connection Sharing, the network adapter that is connected to the home network .....receives a new static IP address of 192.168.0.1, with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. Existing TCP/IP connections on the network may be lost and must be reestablished. "
Well, THAT DOES NOT SOUND GREAT TO ME. That sounds like to get the Firewall working, I have to loose my internet connection and hope I can get it back. Plus given the 2nd sentence of this EE Question here where I clicked YES (OK) to starting ICS and then got an error, I have no confidence that the directions in that KB will work any better.
LOOK, ISN'T WINDOWS FIREWALL SUPPOSED TO JUST WORK ???
Google search for forum threads on this question show (a) No answer that works (b) Reset Winsock (works for Question poster) followed by another poster saying that did NOT work for me (c) poster says "I removed a piece of spyware and then the Firewall worked". I.E. NO ONE SINGLE SOLUTION.
Which is strange because the WINDOWS FIREWALL IS SUPPOSED TO JUST WORK, RIGHT?
The only other piece of info that I have is this: Four years ago I moved files from an old PC to this PC by connecting them together with a ethernet patch cable (pins reversed relative to a normal ethernet cable) and setting up sharing etc etc to move data files from my old PC to my new PC. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IT THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS BECAUISE OF THE ICS REFERENCE IN THE ERROR MESSAGE I AM GETTING.
Please reply as to HOW to get Windows Firewall to run on this PC.