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Windows 7: Windows firewall authorization file missing

11 Dec 2013   #21
rayburnracing

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

YES!

After doing the manual portion shown below I went to Control Panel and turned on Windows Firewall. I was able to turn it on.



Manual Fix
Download both the registry files
Windows firewall - Firewall
Base filtering engine - BFE


Launch them,You should get a UAC prompt now
Click YES & Restart your PC

Now,Press Windows+ R key and type

regedit and click ok

go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\BFE

Right click on it-permissions

Click on ADD and type

Everyone and click ok

Now Click on Everyone

Below you have permission for users

Select full control and click ok

Now,open RUN and type

services.msc and click ok

start base filtering engine service and then windows firewall service




Jacee, you're the best. You've been so patient and helpful. My appreciation is unspeakable.


With Windows Firewall working I'm standing by for any other instructions. Regardless of any forthcoming instructions I would like your suggestions, before you go, on the following:

1. What protection I should be using (i.e., virus, internet browsing, passwords)

2. What backup method/utility to use, where to store them, how often)

3. If I have a choice of downloading a program in 32 bit or 64 bit, which version should I choose

4. Any other suggestions you may have


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11 Dec 2013   #22
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I'm so happy that worked for you!!

Message quoted by Grinler
Quote:
One of the most common questions found when cleaning malware is "how did my machine get infected?". There are a variety of reasons, but the most common ones are that you are not practicing Safe Internet, you are not running the proper security software or that your computer's security settings are set too low.

Below I have outlined a series of categories that outline how you can increase the security of your computer to help reduce the chance of being infected again in the future.

Do not use P2P programs
Peer-to-peer or file-sharing programs (such as uTorrent, Limewire and Bitorrent) are probably the primary route of infection nowadays. These programs allow file sharing between users as the name(s) suggest. It is almost impossible to know whether the file you’re downloading through P2P programs is safe.

It is therefore possible to be infected by downloading infected files via peer-to-peer programs and so I recommend that you do not use these programs. Should you wish to use them, they must be used with extreme care. Some further reading on this subject, along with included links, are as follows: "File-Sharing, otherwise known as Peer To Peer" and "Risks of File-Sharing Technology."

In addition, P2P programs facilitate cyber crime and help distribute pirated software, movies and other illegal material.

Practice Safe Internet
Another one of the main reasons people get infected in the first place is that they are not practicing Safe Internet. You practice Safe Internet when you educate yourself on how to properly use the Internet through the use of security tools and good practice. Knowing how you can get infected and what types of files and sites to avoid will be the most crucial step in keeping your computer malware free. The reality is that the majority of people who are infected with malware are ones who click on things they shouldn't be clicking on. Whether these things are files or sites it doesn't really matter. If something is out to get you, and you click on it, it most likely will.


Below are a list of simple precautions to take to keep your computer clean and running securely:
  • If you receive an attachment from someone you do not know, DO NOT OPEN IT! Simple as that. Opening attachments from people you do not know is a very common method for viruses or worms to infect your computer.
  • If you receive an attachment and it ends with a .exe, .com, .bat, or .pif do not open the attachment unless you know for a fact that it is clean. For the casual computer user, you will almost never receive a valid attachment of this type.
  • If you receive an attachment from someone you know, and it looks suspicious, then it probably is. The email could be from someone you know who is themselves infected with malware which is trying to infect everyone in their address book. A key thing to look out for here is: does the email sound as though it’s from the person you know? Often, the email may simply have a web link or a “Run this file to make your PC run fast” message in it.
  • If you are browsing the Internet and a popup appears saying that you are infected, ignore it!. These are, as far as I am concerned, scams that are being used to scare you into purchasing a piece of software. For an example of these types of pop-ups, or Foistware, you should read this article: Foistware, And how to avoid it.
    There are also programs that disguise themselves as Anti-Spyware or security products but are instead scams. Removal instructions for a lot of these "rogues" can be found here.
  • Another tactic to fool you on the web is when a site displays a popup that looks like a normal Windows message or alert. When you click on them, though, they instead bring you to another site that is trying to push a product on you, or will download a file to your PC without your knowledge. You can check to see if it's a real alert by right-clicking on the window. If there is a menu that comes up saying Add to Favorites... you know it's a fake. DO NOT click on these windows, instead close them by finding the open window on your http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taskbar#Screenshots '>Taskbar, right click and chose close.
  • Do not visit pornographic websites. I know this may bother some of you, but the fact is that a large amount of malware is pushed through these types of sites. I am not saying all adult sites do this, but a lot do, as this can often form part of their funding.
  • When using an Instant Messaging program be cautious about clicking on links people send to you. It is not uncommon for infections to send a message to everyone in the infected person's contact list that contains a link to an infection. Instead when you receive a message that contains a link you should message back to the person asking if it is legit.
  • Stay away from Warez and Crack sites! As with Peer-2-Peer programs, in addition to the obvious copyright issues, the downloads from these sites are typically overrun with infections.
  • Be careful of what you download off of web sites and Peer-2-Peer networks. Some sites disguise malware as legitimate software to trick you into installing them and Peer-2-Peer networks are crawling with it. If you want to download files from a site, and are not sure if they are legitimate, you can use tools such as BitDefender Traffic Light, to look up info on the site and stay protected against malicious sites. Please be sure to only choose and install one of those tool bars.
  • DO NOT INSTALL any software without first reading the End User License Agreement, otherwise known as the EULA. A tactic that some developers use is to offer their software for free, but have spyware and other programs you do not want bundled with it. This is where they make their money. By reading the agreement there is a good chance you can spot this and not install the software.
    Sometimes even legitimate programs will try to bundle extra, unwanted, software with the program you want - this is done to raise money for the program. Be sure to untick any boxes which may indicate that other programs will be downloaded.

  • Keep Windows up-to-date
    Microsoft continually releases security and stability updates for its supported operating systems and you should always apply these to help keep your PC secure.
  • Windows 7 users
    You should run the Windows Update program from your start menu to access the latest updates to your operating system (information can be found here). The latest service pack (SP1) can be obtained directly from Microsoft here


  • Keep your browser secure
    Most modern browsers have come on in leaps and bounds with their inbuilt, default security. The best way to keep your browser secure nowadays is simply to keep it up-to-date.


    The latest versions of the three common browsers can be found below:Use an AntiVirus Software
    It is very important that your computer has an up-to-date anti-virus software on it which has a real-time agent running. This alone can save you a lot of trouble with malware in the future.
    See this link for a listing of some online & their stand-alone antivirus programs: Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection and Removal Resources, a couple of free Anti-Virus programs you may be interested in are Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast.

    It is imperative that you update your Antivirus software at least once a week (even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch any of the new variants that may come out. If you use a commercial antivirus program you must make sure you keep renewing your subscription. Otherwise, once your subscription runs out, you may not be able to update the programs virus definitions.

    Use a Firewall
    I can not stress how important it is that you use a Firewall on your computer. Without a firewall your computer is susceptible to being hacked and taken over. Simply using a Firewall in its default configuration can lower your risk greatly.

    All versions of Windows starting from XP have an in-built firewall. With Windows XP this firewall will protect you from incoming traffic (i.e. hackers). Starting with Windows Vista, the firewall was beefed up to also protect you against outgoing traffic (i.e. malicious programs installed on your machine should be blocked from sending data, such as your bank details and passwords, out).

    In addition, if you connect to the internet via a router, this will normally have a firewall in-built.

    Some people will recommend installing a different firewall (instead of the Windows’ built one), this is personal choice, but the message is to definitely have one! For a tutorial on Firewalls and a listing of some available ones see this link: Understanding and Using Firewalls

    Install an Anti-Malware program
    Recommended, and free, Anti-Malware programs are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware.

    You should regularly (perhaps once a week) scan your computer with an Anti-Malware program just as you would with an antivirus software.

    Make sure your applications have all of their updates
    It is also possible for other programs on your computer to have security vulnerability that can allow malware to infect you. Therefore, it is very important to check for the latest versions of commonly installed applications that are regularly patched to fix vulnerabilities (such as Adobe Reader and Java). You can check these by visiting Secunia Software Inspector.

    Follow this list and your potential for being infected again will reduce dramatically.
Now, Removing/Uninstalling AdwCleaner:
Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool again. Click on the Uninstall button.
Click Yes when asked are you sure you want to uninstall.
Both AdwCleaner.exe, its folder and all logs will be removed.

Keep TFC by Old Timer!!! And use it.

Delete all other tools I asked you to download, then go and update your computer.

After doing that, Set a "clean" restore point:

Right click Computer, choose properties. On the left side pane, click "System Protection". Click on the 'configure button'.
Now check "Turn off system protection"
Restart your computer
Now follow the above instructions, but uncheck "Turn off System Protection"

You should be good to go.
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11 Dec 2013   #23
rayburnracing

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks, great reading given my level of understanding of the subjects.

Can you point me toward a good backup read? I'm not avoiding searching just thought you might know of a good place.

Is there a way to support Sevenforums or another place you've used during this process? Want to do something instead of just going on my way. There's been so many resources used getting to the bottom of this it's only right for me to provide some support.
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11 Dec 2013   #24
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

There a many tutorials listed by our members here: Tutorials - Windows 7 Help Forums[2]=Backup%20Restore Find the one that will best suit you and your needs.

Just by joining and sending others (having Windows 7 problems) to this forum, is all the thanks we need. We 'volunteer' our time, and enjoy seeing a computer working as it should be.
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11 Dec 2013   #25
rayburnracing

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks again Jacee.

I'm going to call this one a long, through, success and do some reading.

Thanks Sevenforums.
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11 Dec 2013   #26
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You're welcome ...solved!
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11 Dec 2013   #27
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Once again Jacee great job.

rayburnracing good job following instructions. That helps a lot.
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11 Dec 2013   #28
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
rayburnracing good job following instructions. That helps a lot.
YES it does!!
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