Windows Firewall safeguards the file system integrity of your computer from being compromised by malicious scripts streaming in from external sources. When you hook on to the internet or any private network, the firewall forms a restrictive barrier and scans/ filters the information before allowing it to land on your PC. Firewall configuration discourages illegitimate access to your computer by hackers or people of unverified credentials. Computers running Windows XP Service Pack 2 enjoys the firewall protection by default. This article will shed light on removing firewall protection from your PC.

What prompts for Firewall removal? 

Firewall removal requirement may be triggered by one or more below mentioned factors:

  • You have secured your computer through a powerful 3rd party firewall and the default firewall is interrupting the prior’s smooth functionality.
  • The Windows Firewall is inherently corrupt and requires to be removed comprehensively for fixing or reinstalling an updated version.
  • You never log in to internet or any network and as such the firewall has become redundant for the computer.

Removing the Firewall

You need to follow a 3-step long procedure to remove the Firewall. It comprises:

  • Disabling the Firewall
  • Stopping the same
  • Comprehensively deleting all firewall related system files

Steps to disable and remove firewall Carry out the below mentioned steps:

  • Click on Start menu and go to ‘Control Panel’
  • Next, click on the ‘Administrative Tools’ and select ‘Performance and Maintenance’ option
  • Enter the ‘Services’ option by double clicking
  • Locate the ‘Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS’ service in the console window, right click on it and select ‘Properties’
  • Go to the ‘Startup Type’ list in the resultant dialog box and select ‘Disabled’ and press the ‘Stop’ button
  • Confirm the changes executed by clicking ‘Apply’ and close the dialog box by pressing ‘OK’.

Perform the following steps to remove the entire array of files and registry entries pertaining to the Firewall:

  • Click ‘Start’ menu, go to ‘Run’ and type ‘cmd’ to enter the Command Prompt window.
  • Run the command ‘sc delete SharedAccess’ and press ‘Enter’.

The command will thoroughly delete every supporting file or registry entry which enabled the firewall on your computer. You can now conveniently get your computer rid of firewall.

Reinstalling Windows Firewall

If your intention is to fix certain errors by removing the firewall or you are interested in reinstalling the firewall later, key in the following commands at the Command prompt in quick succession.

rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132 %windir%\inf\netrass.inf

netsh firewall reset

Close the Command Prompt window and enter ‘Control Panel’. Select the ‘Windows Firewall’ option by double clicking. A message will shoot at you enquiring if you wish to start the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection sharing (ICS) service. Press ‘Yes’. Firewall service is again back on track and you can configure the same through the displayed dialog box.

If the aforesaid exercise fails to start the de-activated firewall, you will be required to freshly install Windows XP SP2 which comes bundled up with Windows Firewall. Another option is to carry out ‘System restore’ and take your computer settings back to a previous date when the Firewall was active.

A word of advice

Defunct, incompatible and backdated drivers also give rise to numerous errors. Opt for a drive update tool to scrutinize your system for corrupt and obsolete driver .This measure will ensure that the entire array of drivers has been updated.


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