Hi. I am requesting help for an apparent issue with Windows Firewall. In a separate thread, Bobbye recommended I install a better Firewall such as ZoneAlarm or Comodo - and I intend to take that advice. However for the moment I think the issue I am seeing is a wider issue than just the Firewall. PC is a Dell Dimension 4600, Windows XP (SP2), 2.5GB mem. On starting Windows, I get the warning 'No Firewall is turned on'. In Security Center, there is an option to 'Enable Now' the Firewall. This results in 'Security Center could not turn on Windows Firewall'. When I click on Windows Firewall in Control Panel, it gives 'Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display Firewall settings'. If I try to run IE, the egg-timer comes on for a few secs and then nothing happens. When this happened yesterday, I tried the fix from another thread - running 'netsh winsock reset' from cmd prompt. After a reboot, problem was still there. Anyway, what happens is that about 20 mins after the PC has been started the Firewall suddenly turns on, Interent Explorer (which I tried to launch about 10 mins ago) suddenly springs to life and all the errors mentioned above go away. I would like to clear this issue and when things are stable, look at installing a better Firewall. Thanks for any help. William Added later:- I should also say that Event Viewer shows:- An Application Hang - AcroRd32.exe, hung module hungapp Service Control Manager Event - The Server service hung on startup. Service Control Manager Event - The Computer Browser service depends on the Server service which failed to start because of the following error:- 'After starting the service hung in a start-pending state'. Also, for information --- the Windows Firewall/ICS Service does start ok and is set to Automatic.