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Base Filtering Engine - Windows 7 Service

The Base Filtering Engine (BFE) is a service that manages firewall and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) policies and implements user mode filtering. Stopping or disabling the BFE service will significantly reduce the security of the system. It will also result in unpredictable behavior in IPsec management and firewall applications.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 8 and Vista.

Startup Type

Windows 7 edition without SP SP1
Starter Automatic Automatic
Home Basic Automatic Automatic
Home Premium Automatic Automatic
Professional Automatic Automatic
Ultimate Automatic Automatic
Enterprise Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:Base Filtering Engine
Service name:BFE
Type:share
Path:%WinDir%\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
File:%WinDir%\System32\bfe.dll
Error control:normal
Group:NetworkProvider
Object:NT AUTHORITY\LocalService
Privileges:
  • SeAuditPrivilege

Default Behavior

The Base Filtering Engine service runs as NT AUTHORITY\LocalService in a shared process. It shares an executable file with other services. If the Base Filtering Engine fails to load or initialize, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows 7 startup should proceed, but a message box is displayed informing you that the BFE service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Base Filtering Engine will not start, if the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service is stopped or disabled.

If the Base Filtering Engine is stopped, the following services will not start and initialize:

Restore Default Startup Type for Base Filtering Engine

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows 7 edition and Service Pack, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestoreBaseFilteringEngineWindows7.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

Note. Make sure that the bfe.dll file exists in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If this file is missing you can try to restore it from your Windows 7 installation media.