Why not toss out MSE and go with another solution?
I have installed MS Security Essentials on my laptop and have activated the Windows firewall. All other firewall, anti-virus, etc have been removed from the system. Every time that I power on the laptop, I now get an error message that indicates that my Windows Firewall has shut down and that my system is at risk. I can then go in and manually reactivate the firewall, but the next time I shut down and power up the system, the same problem reoccurs.
I have run Malwarebytes and done both a quick and complete scan -- and have also run Superantispyware to remove any potential contributing malware. I found a few items which I removed -- but nothing seem to have been the root of the issue nor has their removal corrected the problem.
The Windows XP Professional software on the laptop is up to date.
I can't think of anything else I can do to correct this problem. Any suggestions?