After a recent re-installation of Windows XP Pro SP3, I first installed OSS (for which I have a 2-year license), then decided to give Kaspersky 2012 SS a try, so I deinstalled OSS and installed Kaspersky. I thought Kaspersky looked really nice, but its firewall offered virtually no protection against unauthorized outgoing connections (failed the GRC's leaktest), so I deinstalled it, restarted the computer and installed OSS v7.5.2 back again.
However, during the installation I could not download the malware updates right away (slow internet connection), so I first restarted, hoping to download the updates on the second run.
Then I started getting the following message:
Failed to load Outpost Security Suite Pro network
Outpost Security Suite Pro functionality is limited: failed
to load AFW.SYS driver.
The warning message appears in the right bottom corner of the screen during Windows start up, halfway through the loading of the start up programs.
I have two questions to which, hopefully, answers can be provided:
1. Why is this message appearing and what could be the solution?
2. How dangerous is this situation with regards to my security (if not fixed)?
Final notes: I tried repairing the software but to no avail.
Your suggestions are most welcome.