spyware and viruses deleted or disabled my winXP home ed. firewall

By freeser301
Jun 20, 2006
  1. i downloaded a program that messed up my computer severely. my firewall was turned off and destroyed or something. the dialog box says 'windows firewall cannot be enabled because of an unexpected error' or something very close to that. if anyone can help it would be great

  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System tools then System Restore and restore your computer to a date earlier than when you started having problems.
  3. cabby2

    cabby2 TS Rookie

    I had the same problem when a program pretending to be windows update and an antispyware program(spyware sherrif) installed a large amount of viruses and killed the firewall.

    System restore fixed it
  4. freeser301

    freeser301 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the restore point does not go back that far. is there anything else i can do?
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    If you suspect a virus/spyware problem, go HERE and follow the instructions exactly.

    Post a fresh HJT log into this thread, only after doing the above.

    I have moved this thread to our security and the web forum.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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