Tips to resolve Windows® Firewall 'Grayed Out' issue
What does the term 'Grayed Out' mean? Explain the symptoms of Windows Firewall 'Grayed Out'issue and provide tips to fix it.
It is possible that you may face some problems with the Windows Operating System. You may get a number of problems with the Windows Applications. One of the most common issues which can come in the Windows applications includes applications graying out. An application will be grayed out due to various reasons. It is possible that some malware has disabled the software from running. You may have removed any associated files of the software and it results in applications grayed out. The Windows Firewall is disabled by malware so as to penetrate the security of the system.
Here are some notes on Windows Firewall getting Grayed Out:
- Edit system registry
- Re-enable the firewall
There are some symptoms for the Windows Firewall getting grayed out. You can see the Windows applications displayed in gray color. You may not be able to use the applications if it has grayed out. The application will not respond to any clicks made by the Windows user. The firewall that has been disabled cannot be used. You may also find difficulties in turning off the Windows Firewall as it has been grayed out.
Edit system registry
One of the most common reason for Windows Firewall grayed out is the malware infections include wrong entries in the system registry. To fix the issue, you need to check if the value of "EnableFirewall"=dword is set to 0 in DomainProfile and StandardProfile folders of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE . If so, it will disable the firewall and cannot be changed. If set to 1, the firewall will be enabled. You need to simply remove these registry values to fix the problem. A clean restart is needed to get rid of the issue completely.
You can try re-enabling the Windows Firewall to fix the firewall grayed out issue. For this, you need to access the "Windows Firewall" from Start menu of the system. Here, you can select the "Turn Windows Firewall On or Off" option. Next step is to enter the administrative password and select the "Turn on Windows Firewall" for each network connection as you desire. You can then make appropriate configurations and get the firewalls working properly.
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