1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Open Security Center.

  4. In the Security essentials section under Virus Protection, click on the Recommendations button.

    If you are running an anti-virus program that was written prior to 2004 (Norton Anti Virus 2003, etc.), click on the check box at the bottom of the window that says “I have an antivirus program that I’ll monitor myself” and the click on the OK button.

  5. In the Manage security settings for: section at the bottom, click on Windows Firewall.

  6. If you are already running a 3rd party firewall product, click on the Off (not recommended) selection to turn off the Microsoft Firewall so it will not interfere with your 3rd party firewall, and then click on the OK button.

  7. Close Security Center and Control Panel.  You’re finished.