|Windows firewall kicks in late with a warning from|
Security Center that No firewall is on. The warning quickly (in a blink) disappears.
The Local Area Connection icon on the task bar also takes an unduly
long time to show up on the task bar at bootup.
I am concerned that some malware is setting up and intervening in the system's protection, but there is no other evidence of this. I have seen some notes that it may be a MS
Dot Net update but I cannot re-locate that snippet on the web.
This system is slow enough (hard drive) that I can get to the control panel/firewall and get an error when trying to access it before it loads.
Same condition on a Very fast system with similar software does not allow such an investigation. That system exhibits the same problem.
Both run ESET Nod32 AV. Were initially fine until some unknown recent point several months ago.
No rescue disks or AV Scanners find any problems. I tend to feel it really is a MS Problem.