To all the Techspot Brains, My problem is the following: Due to an unidentified problem, windows cannot display the windows firewall settings I have tried all the usual fixes & tried all the recommended from the sharedaccess site, but to no avail? I cannot change anything in Windows firewall anywhere on the PC. I am running XP Pro Service Pack 2. I have run every virus,trojan,rootkit malaware proggies known to man & am 99.9999% sure no virus on my sys. I am at a loss as to what to do next! I do not want to re-format so any ideas would be most welcome & gratefully received. peace 8r1n PS: I know it's not a good protective F/W but I need to switch it off!