Windows firewall

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  1. EarleD

    EarleD Supporting Actor

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    I have Windows firewall turned off and keep getting a reminder to turn it on. I use a router so I dont need to use Windows firewall. How can I stop this reminder from appearing on each reboot?

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  2. Chris

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    Go to security center in the control panel.

    Find the Firewall, it will say "Off"

    Click "Recommendations"

    At the bottom there is a button "I Have a firewall solution I will monitor for myself".

    Check it.

    Note: a hardware firewall -can- stop most traffic that's malicious (like an SPI or a true detection firewall, like PIX, Symantec, FireBox, etc.) but many home based routers are just a firewall via NAT, which don't address the issues windows internal firewall addresses.
     
  3. EarleD

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    Thanks for the help. So should I turn on the WIndows Firewall? Will using both cause any conflicts? I just want to keep my computer safe.
     
  4. Chris

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    It depends. I know that's an answer people love to hate.. it doesn't really hurt anything to have it "on" in most cases, though it can interfere with some file sharing services etc.
     
  5. Mike Fassler

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    windows firewall isnt gonna protect you from much, so just leave it off, if you dont surf porn or anything like that you wont even need a firewall.
     
  6. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari Screenwriter

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    Porn surfing doesn't have any bearing on whether or not to use a firewall. A firewall is there to protect from attacks from the outside in, ie someone else trying to attack your computer from the outside. Often (usually) those attacks are automated and target known flaws in Windows - sometimes those flaws have not even been fixed by Microsoft by the time those attacks occur.

    Anyone who doesn't have a firewall at that point will be hacked and hey presto, yet another "zombie machine" being used by some darn cracker script-kiddie to do massive denial-of-service attacks on web sites or mail out reams and reams of spam.

    Anyone who hooks a computer up to the Internet today, and most especially a Windows machine, has an obligation to the rest of us to use a firewall of some sort. No exceptions.

    Antivirus software is almost as mandatory, especially if using any Microsoft product to browse the net or read mail.
     
  7. WayneO

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    And if you do want a software firewall, get ZoneAlarm for free and disable the windows junk.
     
  8. EarleD

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    thanks guys

    I turned on windows firewall. I guess im safe to surf
     
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    i'll echo WayneO's stance and recommend use of zonealarm over the windows firewall.
     
  10. Joseph DeMartino

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    When it comes to free third party firewalls, I would recommned Sygate Personal Firewall over Zone Alarm every time. It is at least as secure, has more features and has a smaller resource footprint. But I also find nothing wrong with Microsoft's built-in product.

    Regards,

    Joe
     
  11. Scott Merryfield

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    Personally, I use both an external router-based firewall and ZoneAlarm. The software-based firewall will let me know whenever a new application on the PC is attempting to access my network. This can help detect viruses or spyware that gets by your tools for managing those infections, and give a means to deny them network access while you attempt to clean them up.

    I've been using ZoneAlarm for years, even before adding the external firewall. I do not feel comfortable trusting Microsoft for firewall security on my PC, considering all the security holes in their OS and browser.
     
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    I agree with Joe. In addition to the reasons listed above, Sygate is less buggy than Zone Alarm.
     
  13. Kimmo Jaskari

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    I like the Sygate product as well. It is also far more configurable than Zonelarm - without being any more difficult for a novice, really. I find it very helpful to be able to specify full access to the machine from a certain IP, for instance.
     

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