Encountered a Windows 8 issue here. BFE is not running on my friend's laptop. Tried re-enabling it in regedit and restarting the service, even took ownership of bfe.dll in the system32 folder, and still getting an "error code 5: access is denied" message when I try to start the service. I've concluded his computer has a virus and from what I've read, a rootkit could be causing the BFE issue.

I followed the first answer I found here and the issue has not resolved:

Error Code 0x80070424 with Windows Firewall, Defender in Windows 7 - Microsoft Community

Obviously this is important, because I cannot install an antivirus until BFE is working again. Help?