Re: is this normal?
If you want top security, do not use Windows Firewall. It's used as a basic layer of protection for those not capable of choosing the best solution, which is, in many people's opinions, ZoneAlarm.
ZoneAlarm has many more features, more customisable, and unlike Windows Firewall, is near-impossible for an intruder or program to shut down.
If you want faster boot times, dump McAfee completely, and go for any the ones i suggested earlier.
Windows XP Pro 17" LCD Monitor (1280 x 1024)
nForce3 250 Chipset Athlon 64 2800+ w/ C'n'Q
1 x 512MB DDR400 CL3 SDRAM 40GB IDE 7,200rpm HDD (8MB Cache)
nVidia GeForce MX420 64MB PCI On-Board Audio