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How can deleted Windows Firewall only be reinstalled

by Pappy38 / July 7, 2012 6:18 AM PDT

When I turned my desktop on after returning from a trip, the antivirus program started catching Trojans and put them in quarantine. I then scanned with Malwarebytes and it identified more Trojan viruses. When I checked the Windows Firewall, I get the message "Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings." I searched all the Microsoft community and support sites and found numerous users identifying the same question concerning the firewall. None of the suggestions worked. I also ran Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and it stated "Windows Firewall not installed". When I checked the Windows Folder on my hard drive, under System32, the firewall applications were not there.
Desktop is Dell XPS 650, Windows XP Professional, SP3. It was completely disconnected while we were gone and the firewall was always turned on.
Laptops connected to my home network are Windows 7.

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ICF the native firewall isn't so goodso why not install one?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2012 6:35 AM PDT

ICF (XP's own firewall) is optional and more. I won't duplicate the web but why not look at ICF in more detail or just install a firewall today?

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Try this way if you insist on ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 9, 2012 1:17 PM PDT

the native Windows firewall.

1. Click "Start," and then click "Run."

2. Type "CMD" into the "Search" box and then click "OK."

3. Type rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132 %windir%\inf\netrass.inf within the command prompt and then press "Enter."

4. Type netsh firewall reset and then press "Enter."

5. Click "Start," and then click "Control Panel."

6. Double-click the Windows Firewall icon from the list displayed. You will be asked if you wish to restart the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection sharing (ICS). Select "Yes."

Firewall should be back to normal although you will have to again set up any exceptions you may have made earlier.

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