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Earlier this week I had contracted a nasty little Malware that made all kinds of havoc, it hid all my files, icons, etc.. etc.. and messed with all kinds of settings. Luckily I was able to get rid of the lil' bugger (Or at least I BELIEVE it's removed) thanks to windows safe mode & my Malwarebytes Pro.

My problem however is that after my battle with this beast my Windows Firewall is completely useless..

It's been turned off, if I try to make any changes at all to a Firewall setting I get the following error:

Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings. Error Code 0x8007042c

I've looked into this particular error and I've tried

"Run" /SCANNOW and the problem is still here.

Microsofts recommendation of downloading and running "Microsoft Safety Scanner" and it didn't fix anything.

Created the following repair file

sc config MpsSvc start= auto

sc config KeyIso start= auto

sc config BFE start= auto

sc config FwcAgent start= auto

net stop MpsSvc

net start MpsSvc

net stop KeyIso

net start KeyIso

net stop BFE

net start BFE

net stop FwcAgent

net start FwcAgent

it also didn't fix anything.

I'm at the point where I could use someone elses expertise... Part of me wonders if there is still a small part of this beast hidden on my PC that's preventing my Firewall from working that my Malwarebytes Pro isn't finding?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Hello, and welcome to Malwarebytes, Delong7221:

It sounds as if you might still be infected.

We cannot work on malware detection/removal in this part of the PC help section of the forum.

So, please read the following to get started on the cleaning process:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT use any temporary file cleaners unless requested - this can cause data loss and make recovery difficult


  • Excellent, self-help troubleshooting info for getting MBAM to run on an infected machine can be found here.
  • And there are specific, self-help malware removal instructions here.

FOR EXPERT ASSISTANCE with cleaning your system, there are 3 support options:

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As we don't deal with malware removal in this area of the forums, you'll need to start a topic in the Malware Removal forum so that a qualified helper can help you fix any malware-related problems/infections.

  • First, please print out, read and CAREFULLY FOLLOW the directions here, skipping any steps you are unable to complete.
  • If the infection has so crippled the computer that you cannot follow most/all of the requested steps, then please just proceed as advised below:
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  • One of the expert helpers there will give you free, one-on-one assistance when one becomes available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do NOT make any further changes to your computer such as (Install/Uninstall programs; use special fix tools; delete files; edit the registry; OR use temp file cleaners, etc...) unless advised by a malware removal helper. Doing so can result in system changes which may hinder the attempts by a helper to clean your machine.

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Please be patient -- someone will assist you as soon as it is possible.

Thanks very much!


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