XP SP3 Firewall slow to start at boot

July 14, 2011 at 17:07:28
Specs: Windows XP
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.

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July 14, 2011 at 17:10:11
I am not sure it is a hole but the problem is more your system. Either hardware or software seem to suggest to me that they are slowing the boot process down. I'd work on that.

I usually do a full clean install to fix this deal. MS stuff just seems to get slower and slower so the only way to fix it right is a clean install.

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July 14, 2011 at 19:32:30
You did not read the post.

2 systems. One a quad processor @4GHZ and boots in 20 seconds complete with Anti Virus update done.

Same firewall problem. Same delay in network icon coming up, well after boot. This is a 6 month old install..

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July 15, 2011 at 00:32:24
Some further information/clarification. My original post has errors.

On the fast system, the firewall and network connection icon do not come up for a minute or more. Windows firewall cannot be accessed and gives the error:

"Due to an unidentified problem, Windows cannot display windows firewall settings."

This is the system that allows me to inquire into the firewall as it is ready almost instantly. The security center warning is rarely seen but blinks once when it does, just about the time the firewall and network icon come on.

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July 15, 2011 at 03:34:07
Solved my problem

Nero 10 updater inserts a service.

@C:\Program Files\Nero\Update\NASvc.exe,-200

Disabling this service allows 7 other services that it somehow preceded and prevented from starting, to proceed normally.

Interestingly, the Firewall service started normally but the terminal services service did not.

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