Just download one of the many other free software firewalls for Windows. They're all about equal when it comes to protection levels, and some people really love the constant nagging about things, mistaking it for improved protection. Gives them a warm fuzzy feeling I guess.
There really just isn't a lot of point in trying to fix something when there's probably at least a half dozen alternatives, all free, and all at least equally effective.
A parting thought... Router based firewalls are generally much better than software firewalls. So if you have a DSL or Cable Internet connection, consider just getting a router. If you already have a router with a firewall, then there's no need for a second one. The protection gained vs. the complexity added doesn't work out in your favor.
While browsing the Internet, I came across a website while searching
something. A message came up from IE warning me this could be a
site. I quickly left the site. I cleared cookies and ran Ad-Aware. PC
fine. Recently, I could not get onto the Internet with either IE or
I ran WinsockXPFix and was able to get onto the Internet. This error
comes up right away when the PC gets to the desktop: Generic Host
Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close. For
Firewall, the message is could not start the Windows Firewall/Internet
Connection Sharing service on Local Computer. Error 5: Access is
ran Ad-Aware again and used Trend Micro's Online program. They both
found cookies. I have followed the steps from these websites:
>From the first website, this is what I did:
Download sharedaccess.reg (only for systems running Windows XP Service
Pack 2) and save to Desktop. Then double-click the file to merge the
contents to the registry. The Services entry will be created. Restart
Windows (mandatory step, otherwise the following NETSH command will
display an error message).
After restarting Windows, run this from Command Prompt (cmd.exe)
NETSH FIREWALL RESET
Launch firewall applet from Control Panel, and then configure your
Windows Firewall settings.
If none of the above methods help, as a last-resort solution (before
reinstalling Windows XP Service Pack 2), give these two commands a try.
Click Start, Run and type:
rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132
Restart Windows, and then run this command (from Command Prompt):
NETSH FIREWALL RESET
Attempt to start Firewall applet. Start the Windows Firewall service
After you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you cannot
start the Windows Firewall service. You may experience one or more of
the following symptoms: