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Security Level of Connections changes after reboot

I have a simple Home Network in which a Netgear Wireless Router enables a Desktop machine to share files with a Wireless Laptop. To enable this, I have assigned the IP address range - a Security Level of "Home" in the Connections part of the Desktop machine's Firewall configuration. Since upgrading to Security Center 10.5 (Firewall 11.5) I find that when the Desktop is rebooted, the IP address range Security Level reverts to "Public". Then the Laptop of course can't ping the Desktop or see its files until I change the Security Level back to "Home", at which point File Sharing again works.

Is there any way I can avoid having to reconfigure the Firewall every time I restart the Desktop machine?

Both Desktop and Laptop are running XP SP3 and Security Centre 10.5. Security Centre's "My Home Network" link shows that each computer trusts the other.

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Re: Security Level of Connections changes after reboot

This is weird. I just restarted my Desktop machine, and this time it put up a message saying that a "new" network had been detected (the one I've always had!), and asked me to choose the Security Level. I chose "Home". Since then I've re-booted twice and it's always rememebered the Home Security Level of the IP address range.

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Re: Security Level of Connections changes after reboot

I'm having a similar problem but just slightly different from Ben.  I have a wireless network in my home and share the internet access with a roommate.  We both have laptops and I'm using the latest version of McAfee's internet security 2010 and have windows 7 on my own computer.  I've had numerous attack detections originating from his computer (and have come across outsiders accessing my computer; obviously from the point of the least resistance) so I have set his IP to "blocked" yet everytime I boot up my laptop, his IP security level reverts back to the "home" setting.  The problem is not me... believe it or not, I know I am not overly computer savvy but I do find this program quite user friendly and it is not hard to type in the correct IP address, select security level and then click save.  I had even edited the range to exclude this one IP address.

Also, I've run diagnostics on the antivirus/security program from the McAfee's website and it usually ends up fixing a registry key value for the antivirus scanner program... (not really sure what that means but it does happen quite a bit; useful info, in case the two are interrelated).

I guess my question is: Is there a reason why this keeps reverting back to an unsafe security level when I expressly wish my personal firewall to exclude every and all access from this single computer?

Fortunately Ben seems to have gotten a solution quite immediately but my problem has been happening for at least the past four of five months...(and to be honest, I'm not really sure if I should be posting this in a separate, individual thread) I think the only reason why I am doing anything about it now is because the idle curiousity about the whole situation, has turned into mild annoyance.  I have yet to have any thing malicious happen to my computer (that I've noticed) but it really has started to slow everything down.

Solutions? Answers?

Thanking you in advance,


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