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Question: firewall

can i download a free firewall.

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Preferred Solution: firewall

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Last night while I was at work, my weekly antivirus scan (Comodo Internet Security 3.13.125662.579) popped up an error that read "Update failed. Error code 0x80004002. No such interface supported" I clicked OK and then attempted to close the scan that had hung. It popped up a new error of "Update failed Error Code 0x800705aa Insufficient system resources" I rebooted and ran the scan a second time with the same results, but the scan hung up on a different file. A third attempt hung on yet another file at random times in the scan process.

Reading the support forums for solutions suggested reinstall of the software. So I uninstalled and attempted to reinstall.

The installation went on, then ended with an unspecified error that ended in a rollback of the installation.

Checking my event logs has me concerned because I notice activation of many .net framework errors, and bootstart/application start failures to load. Most of which were files related to my firewall/AV followed by Terminal Services, Fast user switching, IP Traffic filter driver, Telephony, and remote access connection manager services.

I am concerned that I have been hacked/wormed or virused. Mostly because under "Documents and Settings there is a new "Administrator" folder which did not exist before where only "All users, Default user, and Kumu Honua" were in the past.

I have uninstalled the comodo internet security files as far as I am aware but still see remnants th... Read more

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Hey BC community,Note: I have never had a problem like this before, it has just started this week.I play maplestory, and this program detected something wrong with my firewall. So I proceeded to my security settings and attempted to edit my firewall settings: turn it on/off and then this error code popped up:So I tried to edit the other settings and the same error code came up each time.After that came up SEVERAL TIMES, I went to a microsoft and other forums to search for help. They told me to go to this window:And said to go to: Windows firewall and do something with it...but it's not there to do anything to? I really have NO IDEA what to do! It isn't effecting me that much, but when i start my Maplestory file up to reinstall it, it closes and it says this:[04/08 01:54:15] Install Start[04/08 01:54:16] User Temp Directory : C:\Users\Devin\AppData\Local\Temp[04/08 01:54:16] Use CRC : false[04/08 01:54:16] File Name : C:\Users\Devin\Desktop\MSSetupv108.exe[04/08 01:54:16] Game Code : 33563155[04/08 01:54:16] Cannot Regitster Firewall(C:\ProgramData\NexonUS\NGM\NGM.exe,Nexon Game Manager)[04/08 01:54:16] ErrCode : 14000 - 404 - 0[04/08 01:54:17] Install Path : C:\Nexon\MapleStoryI have downloaded microsoft anti virus things and they "cleaned up" my computer, but it still hasn't changed anything. Help?Sincerely,Devin

Answer:Windows 7 Firewall error code: 0x80070424 as well as Firewall Service being Removed

DownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) DownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here

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I have a problem with Windows Firewall disabling itself every 5 or 6 hours on my computer! Windows Firewall will automatically disable itself and give the following message "Windows Firewall is not using the recommended settings to protect your computer." with only one option "use recommended settings" but I can click that option but after 5 or 6 hours, Windows Firewall gives the same message and is disabled! and I have to go into control panel and fix it! I have a program that cannot connect to the internet because it will automatically update to a new version with less stickers for my photos and deactivate my license for that program and forces me to revo uninstall and reinstall my old version due to this Windows Firewall problem!

Answer:Windows Firewall disables itself every 5 or 6 hours "Wndows Firewall i

First mate, you'll want to scan the computer with an antivirus program. There are numerous free ones if you do not own one yet, such as AVG free, Avast free, or MS Security Essentials. Only use one, otherwise they will conflict with eachother. Use the full scan option if available.

A good program to use in addition to an antivirus program is malwarebytes free, but up to you if you want to install it or not, and run the additional full scan.

Next, run this: Diagnose and fix Windows Firewall service problems automatically

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Hi guys,

Could anyone explain to me why Windows Firewall starts when I have Comodo Firewall installed and running?

It makes me nervous!

I have a fresh installation of Comodo Internet Security.

The only reason I knew it was running was because I got the message after a reboot, screenshot 1. When I went into control panel it confirmed I had two firewalls running, screenshot 2. So I have no idea why WF started or how long it had been running.

I seem to remember when I had BitDefender IS2013 it did the same thing, is it to do with my system maybe?

Why does it do that? Is there any way I can ensure Windows Firewall stays off?

BTW, in screenshot 2 you can see I have multiple antivirus programs. well they are Comodo and Emsisoft AM, as well as a rather annoying addition in Advanced System Care Ultimate. Am I right in thinking Emsi is more malware than virus oriented, and compatible with an AV. Also when I installed Advanced System Care Ultimate, they state that their AV is designed to work alongside the main AV. I have it turned off although it still shows up here.

Thanks for any ideas and support, Chig

Answer:Windows Firewall starts with 3rd party firewall installed and active

Personally I would scrap the lot and install Microsoft Security Essentials. You certainly do not need any third party "Advanced System Care" software with Windows 7. I think you are heading for all sorts of conflicts with what you have installed at the moment. You will find your system speeds up when you get rid of all that bloat. I bet if you check Start up they are all there jockeying for position and slowing your system down. Ughhhh!

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I recently installed the freeware firewall of Comodo in my Win7 PC. However I am not too happy because of some problems and would like to remove Comodo and simply use the firewall that came with Win7 (I am using the Home Edition of Win7).

I had a hitch that probably both firewalls are somehow enabled on my Win7 PC. I went into Control Panel and turned off the bult-in Firewall of Win7 but it now show the message (or maybe the icon) that firewall is not present (EVEN though I already have COMODO installed). SO that's the first question/confusion I am facing.

The 2nd question is that how do I uninstall COMODO in a very clean manner. I remember froma long time back when I tried to remove Norton Anti-Virus and it simply refused to un-install. Will I face a similar problem when trying to remove Comodo.

Last but not least, will be very thankful if you can share tips regarding what settings I need to put in place for the Windows Firewall to work effectively. Based on what I have read, the default configuration of Win7's firewall has a lot of room for improvement and I would like it to be as secure as my favourite firewall (which I use on XP) i.e. Sygate.

Thanks in advance for your kind help.
 

Answer:Solved: Want to Remove Comodo Firewall and use Win7's built-in Firewall

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I'm confused !!!!

A couple of hours ago I got a free license of Defensewall Personal Firewall. I've never tried this firewall, so I've got no idea about it.

I'm a ESET Smart Security 7 user. And ESS has a firewall.

Now my question is.....
Should I disable ESS firewall and go with Defensewall Personal Firewall ??? or should I just stick to ESS Firewall !!!

Note-

I know about Comodo Firewall, Private Firewall and Online Armor
I just want to know about this- DefenseWall Private Firewall
Yes, my system is 32bit. And I've no plan of upgrading it to 64bit as I'm thinking of buying a new laptop. So please, no advice on system upgrade, as long as you're not ready to pay for the Windows7x64 bit license And no Windows8.1 license please. This laptop doesn't have the drivers for win8.1

On a serious note.... Give me some advice.... DefenseWall Personal Firewall or ESET Smart Security Firewall or both
 

Answer:DefenseWall Personal Firewall vs ESET Smart Security Firewall

For starters, did you read what they say about their product.
http://www.softsphere.com/programs/

DefenseWall Personal Firewall - the world's first sandboxing-style personal firewall solution

No learning modes (as seen with firewall and HIPS programs).
Mininimal popups.
Compatible with third-party security software and programs.
No need to configure ports and sockets.
No application checksum re-calculations.
Average users find it difficult to setup and use your typical firewall and security program. For most average users, program popups and questions are confusing. There is always the chance a user will make the wrong choice and allow malware to cause damage to their system.

DefenseWall Personal Firewall is a different kind of security program. You won't even notice it's installed and providing the highest firewall and system protection.​
Again, planning to use software without knowing what they do, is as bad as executing malware.
 

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IS the esset firewall any worth comparied to comando? or outpost or others? I know its mainly a anti virus with built in firewall but does is it worth it? is comando the best?

Answer:eset firewall and anti virus or whats the best firewall with windows

If you are looking for a firewall and an antivirus, look no further than windows firewall and MSE.
Who knows windows better than microsoft.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows

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I have COMODO firewall installed on my notebook running Vista Home Premium. Should I turn off Windows firewall? Will they conflict with each other? Other threads I searched about this didn't really answer that question.

I also have NOD32 running.
Thanks,
G
 

Answer:Solved: Windows Firewall turn off or leave on with COMODO Firewall?

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I recently downloaded the latest version of Comodo firewall. I found out that the whole interface has been changed.

Now I'm unable to find the option to show all connections going on at the current movement. Has the option been removed? Or is it some where else?
Thanks!

Answer:How to view firewall traffic in latest version of Comodo firewall?

[PDF] Comodo Firewall All the information that you need is in this PDF download -

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I have been dealin with this 2 days now and went through all the steps recommended by Microsoft... even downloaded Virtual tech for mcafee and FIx it for MS none worked. went to google to try to follow other advises and tried to do malware removal . after it i followed these steps:
Download both the registry files

bfe.reg

firewall.reg

Launch and import them to registry

Restart your PC

Now,open RUN and type

regedit and click ok

go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\BFE

Right click on it-permissions

Click on ADD and type

Everyone and click ok

Now Click on Everyone

Below you have permission for users

Select full control and click ok

Now,open RUN and type

services.msc and click ok

start base filtering engine service and then windows firewall service

>>> upon tryng to start service on base filtering and windows firewall it gave the ff errors >>> please see attached screen shot.


wat to do now? help please

Answer:Windows Personal Firewall service and Mcafee firewall not turning on

Hello achienina What Anti-virus program are you running?
Have you done an in-depth scan, and did it find any malware?

EDIT... oops, Windows Firewall needs to be disabled in Services in order for McAfee's firewall to work.

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Hey all I was just wondering if anyone knows about the nVIDIA Firewall(Embedded hardware firewall) on the DFI Lanparty UT 250gb and if there is anyone to disable it or set port forwarding or permissions on this firewall. Where is it at...how do you get to it etc. Any help would be great! Thanks!
 

Answer:nVIDIA Firewall(Embedded hardware firewall) on the DFI Lanparty UT 250gb

I think you can do it by just going to http://localhost in the browser.
 

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I'm having a problem restarting the Windows 10 firewall after removing Zonealarm free firewall. I've tried all advice and info found about turning on registry keys ect. Also trying to start it from the services.msc All attempts failed. Please help?
Thank you in advance.

Answer:Windows 10 firewall locked up after uninstalling Zonealarm Free firewall.

You need to Restore or reset Windows Firewall settings to defaults

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I am on Windows7. I would like to know if anyone here prefers a third-party software firewall over the built-on Windows Firewall. A great feature would be context menu access to blocking executables from outbound access.

Thanks!
 

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Quick question - I use Comodo firewall free edition as I like the functionality and interface. Should I disable Windows firewall since I have Comodo running? If so, how do I do that?

Answer:Disable Windows firewall when running 3rd party firewall?

Originally Posted by rivre


Quick question - I use Comodo firewall free edition as I like the functionality and interface. Should I disable Windows firewall since I have Comodo running? If so, how do I do that?



Here you are...as shown....disable Windows firewall advised.

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A friend gave me his laptop PC to remove some virus' and any Malware.  Well I think I have all the bad stuff off but I noticed that the firewall wasn't running.  I looked in services to start it but it's not there.  I down loaded Microsoft security essentials but that didn't help.  Have you any ideas?  Is there something I can run to find it? Thanks,klclarkEdit: Moved topic from Firewall Software and Hardware to the more appropriate forum, at the suggestion of staff. ~ Animal

Answer:firewall error 0x80070424 firewall not in the services window

Hello klclark and Welcome -
 
Download Security Check by Screen317 from HERE
* Save it to your Desktop.
* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.Note: If a security program requests permission to access the Internet, allow it to do so.
 
Next -
Error 0x80070424 ocurs when you use Windows Update follow the M/soft fixit for your version of Windows -
 
Thank You -

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Does Avast Firewall provide any protection or its kinda Windows Firewall?

Most of the time I read users mention pair Avast with Windows Firewall instead of getting AIS.
 

Answer:Avast Firewall vs Windows Firewall - Which offers better protection?

Yash Khan said:


Does Avast Firewall provide any protection or its kinda Windows Firewall?

Most of the time I read users mention pair Avast with Windows Firewall instead of getting AIS.Click to expand...

@RejzoR would be able to provide more information about the working of Avast as he is quite active in the Avast forums!!
I have never used it so can't comment!!
Having said that, windows native firewall is quite good!!
If you must use something that is a bit more talkative you could give this a shot!!
 

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Hey everyone,
This is my first post, and first time I've not been able to solve my problem by searching previous posts...so hopefully someone can help me out.
I'm trying to install a downloaded .exe file, and Windows firewall is blocking it regardless of whether the firewall is active or not; the specific error message & the subsequent Windows help screen are attached. The Windows help screen indicates that the file came from an "untrusted" website, and suggests adding the source website to the "trusted" list if I'm sure that the file is safe (which I am, and I did...and I'm getting the same results when I try to open the .exe).
After the adding the source site to the "trusted" category failed, I attempted to run the file after completely shutting off Windows firewall (along with Bitdefender, which I'm also running). I'm still getting the same error message; it's as if Windows firewall is just ignoring me...can anyone help me either get around this, or tell me how to really shut off the firewall so it stops blocking this file?

Answer:Windows firewall blocking .exe file even after firewall is disabled

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You can turn the Windows Firewall back on. The issue has nothing to do with the Firewall.

You can turn the Bitdefender back on too.

The issue is probably caused by one or more settings within IE. You might try resetting IE:
Internet Explorer - Reset

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About two hours ago, my computer lost internet connection and was searching for network address. This happens a lot, and so far I thought it is normal. But when I right-clicked the icon for "repair", restarted the connection search. But instead of simply reconnecting I noticed a Windows Security Alert popup that said my firewall was disabled. Also my computer went very slow at the time, but is now normal speed and connected. But the popup quickly disappeared as soon as it was shown. I immediatly checked the settings, but it showed firewall was still on. I still have popup saying I turned off automatic updates (I did do this), but it is no longer saying my firewall is off. What could have cause this weird thing to happen? Since then there has been no sign or sympton of infection.

Answer:Windows Security Alert pop "Firewall disabled" but firewall is still on

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the main Scanner screen:Click on the Show Results button to see a list ... Read more

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Hi. I thought the following would be very simple but these days we know nothing is simple.

What I'm trying to do is block all incoming/outgoing traffic from my machine using Windows Firewall with Advanced settings, but allow only specific sites over http/https.

On the Windows firewall rules, there is no setting for URL, so I put in the IP for Yahoo for example, but I couldn't access Yahoo after I activated the rule. Plus, using IP's wont help when Yahoo can change its IP anytime. It's the URL is what I want, so I can do wild-card URL rules like www.yahoo.com/finance/*.

I tried tools like Kaspersky, but that only works for website traffic, nothing is stopping exotic things like newsgroup traffic from a news reader app for example.

Could someone please tell me how to block everything except specific URLs. Looking forward to your response, I'm stuck here.

Answer:Need help in configuring really simple firewall rules on Windows Firewall

Hi,
Welcome to the forum.
Se if this link is of any benefit to your needs:-

How to: Configure a Firewall for Report Server Access

Let us know if it is ok.

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Just like many online virus scanners are designed to promote particular anti-virus products, so are many online firewall tests and port scanners designed to promote particular firewall software.

Steve Gibson's Shields UP! promotes ZoneAlarm (see https://www.grc.com/zonealarm.htm) which seems to be pure spyware (see http://chateaumezcal.com/caveat/zap0719.htm). ShieldsUP! also seems inconsistent and unreliable (see http://words.jml.is/4444/shieldsup-analyzed. PC Flank promotes Outpost Pro Firewall (see http://www.pcflank.com/pcflankleaktest.htm) and so on.

Do you know of a reliable and objective firewall test that does not promote any product?

Thank you very much.
 

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If I activate the WIN XP firewall and leave my Norton firewall activated, does it make my computer more safer or more problems????
 

Answer:If I activate the WIN XP firewall and leave my Norton firewall activated...??

By the way I activated from the services(the WIN XP firewall), it should still work,right???
 

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Quick question - I use Comodo firewall free edition as I like the functionality and interface. Should I disable Windows firewall since I have Comodo running? If so, how do I do that?

Answer:Disable Windows firewall when running 3rd party firewall?

rivre said:

Quick question - I use Comodo firewall free edition as I like the functionality and interface. Should I disable Windows firewall since I have Comodo running? If so, how do I do that?



Here you are...as shown....disable Windows firewall advised.

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I actually have Kaspersky Internet Security as my security suite, which has an integrated firewall.

Should i disable the antivirus firewall and enable Comodo Firewall? (it's not Comodo IS, just free firewall).

Or should i use KIS firewall alone?
 

Answer:Disable Kaspersky Firewall and enable Comodo Firewall

KIS alone for sure. Its maybe the best firewall out there in any security suit u can find. turn on application control and set it to untrusted and u are safe to go.
 

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Hi all !

I've recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Beta Build 7000 and I have Comodo Firewall 3.8.65951.477 64-Bit installed as my firewall. I get this problem that I can't solve at all .

When I click on " Run Diagnostics" I have this :

Indeed, I click "Yes" and this is what comes next :

PS : The Windows 7 Firewall is desactivated!

Anybody haves an idea on this problem, please ? Thanks!

Answer:Comodo Firewall - the network firewall is not functioning properly !

You may find the same problem (hopefuly with an answer) in the Comodo "Feedback" topic:
COMODO Internet Security 3.8.65951.477 Released

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I suddenly noticed my desktop wasn't on the network any more. On inspection, network discovery and file sharing was disabled. I tried to enable it, but it would not. I found out if I turned off the firewall it worked fine. I tried to reset the firewall to default, but I get "Could not restore the default policy: error 3".

How can I reset the firewall to default so I can turn on network discovery and file sharing?

Edit: I forgot to say, I have MSE on and it has not found or alerted me to any malware.. Plus, I have scanned with Malwarebytes and Kaspersky (even pulling the hard drive and scanning from another machine) and they have found nothing..

Answer:Can't share network with firewall on, can't reset firewall to default

bump..

Still can't figure this out..

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Am runnin WinXP Home edition on AMD Athlon XP2600+ 1.91 GHz 1.00 GB Ram

I am running Sygate Firewall & til now it was runnin alongside windows firewall, however it recently stopped running on startup & I had to manually start it, so just uninstalled & reinstalled. This time the windows security center was whingein that it wasnt protected by windows firewall so have told it I will manage my own firewall....my main query is
1, why did it ask this time & not before? ie: ran alongside sygate happily
2, what caused it to stop runnin on startup?
& just as an added extra...why is Avast still runnin yet no icon showing & to my knowledge has not updated automatically??
Should I be lookjin for nasties or is this all just a configuration problem?
 

Answer:Solved: Running Sygate Firewall with Windows Firewall?

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I just need a suggestion of which is better to use........................

should I be using the Windows XP Pro SP2 Built in Firewall or my Norton AntiVirus Firewall program???
 

Answer:Solved: Windows Built in Firewall or Norton Firewall

"Norton AntiVirus Firewall program?"

Do you mean Norton Internet Security?

Whether you use Norton or another 3rd party firewall depends on your analysis of your risks vs. the increased complexity.
 

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hi there,

I have both Eset Smart Security Personal Firewall and Windows Firewall running... which should i disable to avoid conflicts?

thanks.

Sincerely,

Mon

Answer:Eset Smart Security Firewall or Windows Firewall?

I believe that the Eset firewall has outbound protection and if that is the case, I would disable the Windows one as it does not have outbound protection.

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I?m in the process of deciding on a linux-based firewall product for my company. My number one priority is that it is an all-in-one internet security software package that includes firewall, intrusion protection, virus protection, spam protection, VPN gateway, and content filtering.


I?ve been researching a product from Astaro and was hoping to get some feedback. Has anyone used their firewall before and have anything to share?

Their website is http://astaro.com .
 

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Firewall Issue(s) - Windows XP Professional & Comodo Firewall Pro

Friday/December 3rd 2007: This morning I was looking at the features and settings of Comodo Firewall Pro Version 2.4.19.185. Accidentally I clicked ‘no’ when a learned prompt came up asking if I wanted to allow Avast Free Edition to connect to the net. I believe it was Avast. Anyway I figured I would uninstall and reinstall to correct the settings, no big deal, or so I thought.

When windows started back up and gave me the security alert prompt (Control Panel > Windows Security Center) and I figured no big deal. However it was saying “Comodo is not installed bla bla bla.” When I enabled XP Professional’s firewall, window’s message said, “Comodo was working, etc.”

Windows Firewall worked within normal parameters as far as I could tell otherwise. I will try to recreate issue buy uninstalling and will post detailed results later with screen shots.

Sunday/December 9th 2007: I tried recreating the incident and my results confuse me. Windows XP Professional Security Center Says “Comodo Firewall not on bla, bla, bla.” However, when I turn on XP’s firewall it says “Windows Firewall is on bla, bla, bla. So why when I turn off windows firewall does it say that “Comodo” not windows firewall is disabled?

How would I correct this?

Thank you.
 

Answer:Firewall Issue(s) - Windows XP Professional & Comodo Firewall Pro

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If I have a firewall in my Linksys router, plus my Norton firewall...is that considered the same as they telling you not to have more than one AV and firewall on your system!!!!????

Reason I ask...I wonder if that is what is causing my downloads to slow way down, from about 150 to 25!!!! Yes that much!!

Roger
 

Answer:1 hardware firewall, and 1 software firewall...is that bad or unnecassary??

rogvalcox said:



If I have a firewall in my Linksys router, plus my Norton firewall...is that considered the same as they telling you not to have more than one AV and firewall on your system!!!!????

Reason I ask...I wonder if that is what is causing my downloads to slow way down, from about 150 to 25!!!! Yes that much!!

RogerClick to expand...

You dont really need a software firewall unless you want application control other wise the hardware firewall will block everything else if configured right


Brandon
 

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Hi,


Yesterday I received an alert from McAfee stating that windows firewall is off, I click windows firewall change settings - takes me to windows firewall I click update settings now and ge the error message windows firewall was unable to to make the requested updates.

I have HP Pavilion HDX9200 Notebook PC Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit operating system

I followed the instructions under the malware removal but no luck please help, I attached all reports created.

Thanks
 

Answer:McAfee will not allow me to turn on firewall nor will windows firewall

Welcome to Major Geeks!





mrobe21 said:





Yesterday I received an alert from McAfee stating that windows firewall is off, I click windows firewall change settings - takes me to windows firewall I click update settings now and ge the error message windows firewall was unable to to make the requested updates.Click to expand...

The WIndows Firewall is supposed to be off. You have McAfee's Firewall running.

Did you add the below to your hosts file?
O1 - Hosts: 172.16.1.42 wiki.bookit.com
O1 - Hosts: 172.16.1.52 jira.bookit.com


Uninstall the below software:
Java(TM) 6 Update 30
Viewpoint Media Player

Now install the current version of Sun Java from: Sun Java Runtime Environment

Run C:\MGtools\analyse.exe by double clicking on it (Note: if using Vista or Win 7, don't double click, use right click and select Run As Administrator). This is really HijackThis (select Do a system scan only) and select the following lines but DO NOT CLICK FIX until you exit all browser sessions including the one you are reading in right now:

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: NCO 2.0 IE BHO - {602ADB0E-4AFF-4217-8AA1-95DAC4DFA408} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {FB711417-4FAF-9576-1600-5CF37408F784} - (no file)
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - !{0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} - (no file)
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions present
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policie... Read more

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I'm moving into a dorm room, so I've got to say bye bye to my router's hardware firewall. I see the nforce4 chipset has a hardware firewall, I'm in the process of getting that installed right now.

- Is this a suitable replacement over the router's firewall?
- Should I need anything else on top of it?

At home I dont use a software firewall, but untill I realized I have this, I was planning on using Sygate firewall as my protection against the "evils" or a college network.
 

Answer:NV ActiveArmor firewall, as good as router firewall?

n64man120 said:



I'm moving into a dorm room, so I've got to say bye bye to my router's hardware firewall. I see the nforce4 chipset has a hardware firewall, I'm in the process of getting that installed right now.

- Is this a suitable replacement over the router's firewall?
- Should I need anything else on top of it?

At home I dont use a software firewall, but untill I realized I have this, I was planning on using Sygate firewall as my protection against the "evils" or a college network.Click to expand...

The NV firewall will do a decent job without all the overhead and slowdown a software firewall will cause.
 

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I randomly decided to look at McAfee and check my settings, etc.  When looking at the main screen, everything states its on and green.  I had the most current definitions loaded.  When I checked my firewall it stated on.  When I clicked to go into the firewall, the screen then changed and said it was off.  When clicking the Turn On button, it would immediately shut off.  I searched this issue and the blogs stated to look at the Windows Firewall under Services.  When I checked, it was not there.  I did a Windows Search for it and found it.  When it opens it gives tells me I need to Update the Firewall Settings.  When I click on Use Recommended Settings it gives me an error "Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings.  Error Code 0x8007042c."
 
I've checked out some of the blog discussions and followed a few thread about creating new register.bat files and running them.  I've also tried merging some .dll files also per the bloggers.  After doing these actions, the Windows Firewall now appears in my Services but when I click to start it I get the error "Windows could not start the Windows Firewall Service on Local Computer.  Error 1068:  The dependency service or group failed to start"
 
I have attached .txt file after running DDS to assist you in trying to figure out my problem. 
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 NETWORK
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Answer:Windows Firewall and McAfee Firewall Non Responsive

Any help would be appreciated.  McAfee wants to charge me $89 to remove the virus which they say I have.  Please help. 

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Hey guys, just wondering who could help me with a problem..

For some reason, my firewall has been turned off, and I cannot turn it back on (my options have been greyed out ). It also says that, at the top of the Windows Firewall control panel page, "For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy".

How do I change this?

Thanks, Dan
 

Answer:Windows Firewall Group Policy (Firewall is Off)

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I have used this link Diagnose and fix Windows Firewall service problems automatically and downloaded the fixer. This told me that the problem may be occurring because of a group policy or Norton security firewall program. I do not know how to change either of these. Any sort of help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Error Code 5. Firewall. Firewall does not start.

Do you have norton security installed?

If so it uses its own firewall, in which case you do not need windows firewall on. You should not run more then one firewall at a time.

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I already have a hardware firewall in my router, and I was wondering if it would be overkill to also install a software firewall (such as zonealarm)? Is it just a waste of resources? Thanks.
 

Answer:Software Firewall + Hardware Firewall = Overkill?

overkill. kill the software side. if they crack your hardware wall, you're screwed anyways.

dR
 

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I'm trying to have my firewall allow the PS3 Media Server through it, but it doesn't let me. It says "Windows firewall cannot allow PS3 Media Server to the list of exceptions." I tried other programs, same result. Tried again through the advanced settings>inbound rules, and I get this message "An error occurred while adding the rule. Error: Access is denied. Status: The rule was parsed successfully from the store" We have three computers in the house and only this one has this problem. Is there a better firewall I could be using or what?

Answer:Windows Firewall not allowing programs through firewall

Look at the last answer on this page Cannot connect PS3 Media Server - Microsoft Community

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Greetings everyone! I recently replaced my McAfee Av software (provided by my ISP free), with the Avast 6 (free version). (My rationale for using Avast 6, is because McAfee is a system resource hog, and the Avast seems to run well concurrently with the MBAM Pro I have [real-time scanning enabled]). Since Avast has no firewall, my Windows Firewall is, of course, active again.My question: Is the Windows Firewall adequate, or should I be looking to acquire some other FREE Firewall product?(I've read some comments on other sites which claim Windows Firewall is considered mediocre).Any information/recommendations would be much appreciated!

Answer:Windows Firewall (XP Pro) vs other FREE Firewall products?

Most concerns you have heard about were with the Windows Firewall in the XP operating system. Microsoft significantly improved the firewall to address these concerns in Vista and then added more improvements in Windows 7.Windows XP firewall protects against port scanning but has limitations and it is no replacement for a robust 3rd-party two-way personal firewall.The XP firewall is not a full featured firewall. Normal firewalls allow you to specifically control each TCP and UDP port but XP?s firewall does not provide you with this capability. Instead, it takes a point and click approach to enabling or disabling a few common ports.The XP firewall does a good job of monitoring, examining and blocking inbound traffic but makes no attempt to filter or block outbound traffic like most 3rd-party personal firewalls.Thus, the XP firewall does not identify which programs attempt to initiate outbound network or Internet communications nor does it block the traffic when suspicious activity occurs.This feature can be helpful in preventing many types of malware attacks that may attempt to open ports or communicate with outside servers without the user's knowledge or consent. It also means that if your system has been compromised, a hacker could use your machine as part of a distributed denial of service attack.By default, Windows Firewall rejects all incoming traffic unless that traffic is in response to a previous outgoing request. If you're running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2... Read more

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Think I have the Windows 7 Home Security Virus.  Have tried RKill, TDSSKiller, and Malwarebytes with no luck.  Please help!  
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Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16537  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.5.1
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.6057.3143 [GMT -4:00]
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AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {ADA629C7-7F48-5689-624A-3B76997E0892}
SP: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {16C7C823-5972-5907-58FA-0004E2F9422F}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled* {959DA8E2-3527-57D1-4915-924367AD4FE9}
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C:\PROGRA~2\AVG\AVG2013\avgrsa.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG2013\avgcsrva.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
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Answer:Windows firewall is off, keep getting notices that Mcafee firewall is off

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps.===Please download ComboFix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop. For information regarding this download, please visit this web page: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofixLink 1Link 2IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop1. Close any open browsers.2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.3. Do not install any other programs until this if fixed.How to : Disable Anti-virus and Firewall...http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.htmlDouble click on ComboFix.exe and follow the prompts.When finished, it will produce a report for you.Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt Note: Do not mouse click ComboFix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stallNote: If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link --> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.htmlNote: If after running ComboFix you get this error message "Illegal operation attempted on a registry key that has been marked for deletion." when attempting to run a program all you need to do is restart the computer to reset the registry.===Third party programs if not up to date can be the cause of infiltration an infection.Please run this security ... Read more

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Hi and thanks for viewing this thread. I hope you can help me!
I have a few questions which I will number and I hope you can answer them in detail, as it would be much appreciated. (I am using W7 64-Bit)

1. Is Comodo Firewall reccomended? (I am using it currently but am unsure, as I have heard about some scandals pertaining to Comodo, but wanted to get your opinions) and what are other, perhaps better alternatives if there are any?

2. Should I run Comodo Firewall or any other firewall with Windows Firewall on?

3. Why does Windows Firewall have a "Domain Profile" with the firewall turned on, but a "Private Profile" with it turned off?

4. What is the advantage of using the option to join Comodo's custom DNS server when installing the firewall?

Any other insight or help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks so much for your help!

Answer:Question about Comodo Firewall and Windows Firewall

Hallo poobla;

Your question in regard to alternatives have a look at this;

Free Software Firewalls for Windows 7

question 2; you should not run a third party firewall & windows firewall at the same time

question 3; I don't know about question 3

question 4; I tried Comodo DNS & could not get Windows Update to connect to the server

You may find this link helpful as well;

How a Firewall works (simplified version).

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I have just upgraded my router to a Belkin N1 ADSL wireless modem router-apparently it has a built in firewall. Do I need bother with Zonealarm as well? I've always had 'free' Zonealarm but what with its constant upgrades and so on I could well do without it if its superfluous. And if so what about Windows own firewall?
(Windows XP SP2)
 

Answer:Hardware firewall-software firewall needed too?

Windows firewall only protects one way. Comodo firewall is pretty good...that is what I use and it is free.
 

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Which is better? I remember using comodo in the past and it was too strong. But I hope they fixed that. I also used zonealarm b4 but forgot how it was.

Answer:Zonealarm Firewall or Comodo firewall? (Free)

Why not use the Windows Firewall, it is excellent?

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Hey friends,I want a free firewall suggestion among these two.
The requirements are as follows:
1.Only interested in firewall component,not in other things like autosandbox.
2.Generate less popups at default.
3.Provide greater security.
4.Can not block unnecessary/legit stuff if auto block is turned on(please suggest setting for same)
Does Zonealarm provide some encryption proxy as trustconnect in comodo?
Thanks.
 

Answer:ZoneAlarm Free Firewall or COMODO Firewall?

for your requirements I think Windows firewall with WFC
 

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Hi all,

I got a new PC with a new OS that I know .... little about, so much is very different from my familiar XP Pro, even the UI. So, I got lots of questions, and while most are easy to Just Google It, this is one I haven't found a clear answer to yet:

do the Windows 7/8/10 firewalls handle IPv6 traffic just like it handles IPv4 traffic, firewalling it properly? Or is the firewall just gonna let IPv6 stuff through like it had a get out of jail free card and compromise security?

I used the Windows firewall on XP and was happy with it, and I've been hoping I can do so on Win 8 as well, but I'm not sure about the IPv6 thing...

Thanks!

- MelkorF

Answer:Windows firewall - does it firewall IPv6 traffic?

Yes, the 7's fiewall fully supports IPv6 and properly filters its traffic whenever you setup it in a rule. When chosing the protocol it will ask about TCP/TCP6/UDP/UDP6 where you can chose the proper IP version for each program. "firewalling it properly" depends entirely on the rules you set, the default ruleset is almost equivalent to no firewall at all, but once configured it does a good job.
The XP firewall is a complete joke, with little support for fundamental features, notably outgoing filters. This has been added to 7.

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Through my ISP, I can install McAfee Personal Firewall Plus for free.

So this begs the question:

Should I use McAfee or should I just download free version of Zone Alarm....

McAfee vs. ZoneAlarm....Thoughts?

Answer:McAfee Firewall vs. Zone Alarm Firewall

I prefer ZA myself

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Hi there,

Does anyone know if its alright to run windows firewall and Eset Smart Security Firewall at the same time? Will it not cause conflicts or system problems?

Sincerely,

Mon

Answer:Eset Firewall and Windows Firewall running together?

You should not use more than one firewall at a time and yes, doing so can cause conflicts and problems

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Is there any problem if I use an antivirus software with a firewall when my external modem (Billion Bipac 5100) has one? Think it's a SOHO firewall - NAT?

cheers
 

Answer:Can I use a software firewall if external modem has NAT firewall?

Shouldn't be any problems at all.
 

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Hey guys I've been using online armor for a couple of years and been happy with it but i'm just wondering if I really need it thanks

Answer:should I use online armor firewall instead or windows firewall

It's up to you. I use Windows Firewalls with a modem on all systems. But if you say you're happy with your firewall, why change?

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Hi, I am 'looking' for a freeware firewall that is compatible and works together with the Vista firewall to strengthen it, not just Vista only.Have recently read on the internet that the Avast Firewall does that. But when I visited the Avast website I found out that 'they' do not provide a freeware version.Do have the Private Firewall installed and running with Vista firewall turned on and no conflicts.So my question is, and to just to make it clear: can I get a freeware firewall that is compatible and works together with the Vista firewall to strengthen it?Thank you for your patience in this matter and I do look forward to receiving a reply soon in the future.FromMr Berwyn H PriceP.S. Please note: I am aware of 2 freeware programs: Tiny Wall and Windows Control. But both are not firewalls!

Answer:Freeware firewall that works with Vista firewall.

As you say TinyWall is not a firewall in it's own right but it does allow you to block any inbound or outbound traffic using the Windows firewall, so it does strengthen it. I use it and it is just fine. I only allow traffic for things I use and block everything else - hard to beat.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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I successfully added Kaspersky to my two other Windows machines - and both recognize and allow it to manage all firewall decisions for it, but I'm having a terribly difficult time adding it to my Windows 7 machine. Does anyone have any tips as to how to fix it?

Answer:Kaspersky Firewall not being recognized by Windows Firewall

Were there ever any othr Antivirus' on here,as there may be traces left causing interference.

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Any add-on GUIs to enhance the w7 firewall? Most firewalls have too much 'Hips' stuff etc. Just want Win7 firewall with user-friendly interface. Seems there are add-ons around. Any suggestions?

Answer:Windows 7 Firewall - Any add-on GUIs to enhance the w7 firewall?

You could use this ... Windows7FirewallControl: Sphinx Software

Free 32/64 bit Control Windows7FirewallControl: Sphinx Software

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Greetings....I hope you can help me with my problem. I have had McAfee Security Center installed on my computer since the day I bought it (approx. 2 years), & recently I've been getting alerts telling me that my computer is at risk because the firewall is not turned on, & when I go into settings, & click turn on, it comes on for a brief second, and then turns back off immediately. Got on to McAfee's help center, ran several programs they suggested, i.e. McAfee virtual technician, Stinger, & also programs suggested within their forum, i.e. Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Tuneup Utilities, none of which helped resolve my issue. I even uninstalled/reinstalled McAfee, & the only thing it did was stop giving me the notices, but if I go into settings for the firewall, it still says its off, & when I click turn on, it does for a brief sec, then goes right back off again. And when I checked the Windows firewall, it gives me an error when I try to change the settings (Error code 0x80070424). In searching through forums, it's sounding like I've got some sort of Virus/Malware that is causing this, but I've pretty much exhausted all my resources in trying to fix this......I hope you can help. My system is a Dell XPS 8100, Windows 7 Home Premium Ver.6.1, Build 7601: SP1.
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Answer:McAfee firewall & Windows Firewall won't turn on

Hello and Welcome to Bleeping Computer!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of us1.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!doing so will only at best cause you unneeded worry as it finds our backups and may even list our toolsand at worst can cause conficts with our tools and lead to unforseen things to happen2.Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.besides the time it takes me to open the reports it makes it harder to find something if I need to go back to do more research and putting them in code boxes just makes them so hard to read3. After each step give me a little feedback It does not need to be long but just something so I know how things are going it can be something likeI am still getting redirected The computer is running as it shouldDon't put things like - it is the same as before or still the same this just makes me go back and look for you last feedback as to how things are4. read every post completely before doing anythingPay special attention to the Notes** I have put inThese are things I have found that happen allot and can be taken care of easily just by reading the Notes**Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.Pl... Read more

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Greetings....I hope you can help me with my problem. I have had McAfee Security Center installed on my computer since the day I bought it (approx. 2 years), & recently I've been getting alerts telling me that my computer is at risk because the firewall is not turned on, & when I go into settings, & click turn on, it comes on for a brief second, and then turns back off immediately. Got on to McAfee's help center, ran several programs they suggested, i.e. McAfee virtual technician, Stinger, & also programs suggested within their forum, i.e. Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Tuneup Utilities, none of which helped resolve my issue. I even uninstalled/reinstalled McAfee, & the only thing it did was stop giving me the notices, but if I go into settings for the firewall, it still says its off, & when I click turn on, it does for a brief sec, then goes right back off again. And when I checked the Windows firewall, it gives me an error when I try to change the settings (Error code 0x80070424). In searching through forums, it's sounding like I've got some sort of Virus/Malware that is causing this, but I've pretty much exhausted all my resources in trying to fix this......I hope you can help. My system is a Dell XPS 8100, Windows 7 Home Premium Ver.6.1, Build 7601: SP1.

Answer:McAfee firewall & Windows Firewall won't turn on

DownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) DownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here

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I'm on Vista RC2, and I have a simple Netgear hardware firewall router. Does running windows firewall and using the router conflict with each other in any way or can I use them both?
 

Answer:Do a hardware firewall and windows firewall conflict with each other?

if you have a hardware firewall, what would ever be attacking your windows firewall?
 

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Hi every Malwaretips member, today I want to open a new discussion, I don't know if you are aware that lately Neil J. Rubenking - Lead Analyst for Security at PC Magazine reviewed the latest version of both Firewall, I just want to hear your voices and opinions regarding both Firewall, and I really appreciate your participation...
Comodo Firewall v7
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456941,00.asp
ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall 2015 v13
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456292,00.asp
 

Answer:Comodo Firewall v7 vs. ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall 2015 v13

The best protection is based upon the user's habits, so both could give some users the same protection level.
You could not apply this to all users since some are reckless and neither one would be able to provide protection.

Comodo Firewall has HIPS which is more likely to flag more false positives which most inexperienced users would not know how to deal with. Of coarse if the user utilizes UAC, then HIPS would not be needed.

ZoneAlarm is more user friendly, uses Behavior protection instead of HIPS which will not flag as many false positives.
ZoneAlarm is more compatible with programs.

For myself Windows Firewall provides excellent protection along with UAC with no issues at all.

Just a note: Never trust review sites or testing sites, they will install a product use it for about an hour or less then write a review.
You need to test a product for at least 30 days in order to see how it works and if any potential problems occur.

Enjoy!!
 

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How does the PC-Cillin 2003 built in firewall compare for protection against the free Zone alarm? Only using a dial-up conection.Pete

Answer:XP Firewall Vs PC-Cillin Firewall Vs Zone Alarm?

All firewalls do the same job well.PC-cillin costs a few bob, Xp's in-built firewall only blocks in coming traffic so you'll have no idea of what may be leaking out information. Zonealarm is free and is a popular choice.On a dial-up connection, a firewall isn't really needed as those with static IP addresses (Broadband) but it is useful to keep track of outbound traffic.Zonealarm will suffice.

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Hello guys,

I want to know what is the difference between some traditional firewall (like Kaspersky Internet Security (firewall) or Emsisoft Internet Security (Firewall)) vs. SpyShelter Firewall (I think it is behaviour based). Will there be any feature that is missing from Spyshelter since it is behavior based in comparison to standard ones like kapsersky?

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:SpyShelter Firewall vs Traditional firewall (like KIS or ESIS)

Spyshelter won't find/block/deny anything other than Spyware. An example... you know how Google Chrome (an add-on for it or something) was listening in on people? Well Spyshelter probably would have denied this by default whereas your typical antivirus software out there is way more likely to just ignore things such as this... allow it because... hey... it's Google

Spyshelter denies by default what your antivirus might allow/deems to be safe.


Sort of options you have in Spyshelter. I think it denies programs trying to access webcam etc by default, unless you allow it. Just tinkered with options here just to show you.

Like if you download a legit program it won't can access the webcam unless you allow it to...

"Every action out of the ordinary is potentially dangerous. For example, it is natural if Skype requests access to webcam ? it would be impossible to make a video call without allowing the access to it. On other hand, when notepad application tries to intercept sound from your microphone, it is suspicious. Why would notepad need to capture sound?"

Logger can be under the guise of anything.
 

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Hi dear MalwareTips Community readers.

i have a question from you who have Windows 10 and use an Antivirus on it.

i recently installed DrWeb Security Space 11, then i found out Windows Firewall and DrWeb Firewall , both are online, well i could disable Windows Firewall manually but i don't want. i did open a ticket for DrWeb technical support and explain the issue for them.

i get a reply Tech Support said: When you install firewall software Dr.Web, windows firewall must be switched off automatically. But in windows 10 operating system, this is not necessarily because of its features. Try to disable windows firewall manually.
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again when i want more explain got another reply: Sorry, to clarify, the Windows firewall is Windows 10 compatible with all firewalls. It can not be disabled.
well just want to be sure ! is that normal? i am have a real concerns which take my sleep away

Thanks!
 

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Hi,
I have been having this issue for a long time. 
The windows firewall show a message about updating the firewall settings. Also, It displays a button "use recommended settings"
I click the button, but for a short period of time internet connection is perfect. Then the internet connection is lost and the message gets back. So I have to check the firewall settings every 30 min in <g class="gr_ gr_464 gr-alert gr_spell gr_disable_anim_appear
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id="608">in</g> my laptop. 
Sometimes the internet connection is stable, but there are times in which the web page takes long to show, so that is the time when I check the firewall settings and well need to press that button again. 
Is this just happening to me? 
I tried a lot of things, like using the recommended settings, restoring defaults, deleting all wireless networks and add them again, change to ethernet, scan <g class="gr_ gr_980 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace"
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Hi everyone, my antivirus program does not have built in firewall so my question is: Would you recommend to change windows firewall to something else? And why?
 

Answer:Is it necessary to change windows firewall to 3rd party firewall?

Not really. If you want to monitor outbound connection use WFC or Tinywall.
 

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Does Avast Firewall provide any protection or its kinda Windows Firewall?

Most of the time I read users mention pair Avast with Windows Firewall instead of getting AIS.
 

Answer:Avast Firewall similar to Windows Firewall?

Yash Khan said:


Does Avast Firewall provide any protection or its kinda Windows Firewall?

Most of the time I read users mention pair Avast with Windows Firewall instead of getting AIS.Click to expand...

@RejzoR would be able to provide more information about the working of Avast as he is quite active in the Avast forums!!
I have never used it so can't comment!!
Having said that, windows native firewall is quite good!!
If you must use something that is a bit more talkative you could give this a shot!!
 

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A few months ago, I had a problem with my Symantec Norton AV. The solution, as offered by a Symantec rep here on Major Geeks, was to upgrade my Norton AV from 2006 to the 2009 version. Unfortunately, that required that I uninstall my Norton Firewall because Symantec no longer supports Norton Firewall and their 2009 AV is incompatible with Norton Firewall.

The discission thread is here:

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=179817

So I un-installed Norton AV and Firewall, and installed Norton AV 2009, and then turned on Windows Firewall. I like NAV 2009 because it doesn't hog my processor the way NAV 2006 did. But Norton Firewall passed a stealth firewall test on some other tech site, and I really liked it.

Question for all you major geeks...

Am I better off running Norton AV 2009 and Windows Firewall?

Or am I better off going back to Norton AV 2006 and Norton Firewall 2006?
 

Answer:Norton Firewall or Windows Firewall

*Snipped from How to Protect yourself from malware




They(firewalls) are listed in an order of best to worst based upon leaktesting that has been perfomed by Matousec. You will notice that the Windows XP SP2 is the worst performer on the list.Click to expand...

Why not try out this easy to use firewall --- some of our Malware Fighters use and recommend it:

PC Tools Firewall Plus <-- make sure you uncheck the options to install Google Toolbar and Threatfire free edition. There's is no sense in installing excess baggage.

dr.m
 

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I am attempting to configure my desktop Dell 8300 XP Pro, SP2 (wired with a D-Link 655 router) and wired via USB to an HP 7160 printer) so that my new Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop running Vista Home Premium) can print on the HP Printer. The laptop has McAfee 9.0 and the Desktop has Norton Internet Security 2007.

Since there are 3d party firewalls, do I have to bother with the windows firewall to make sure that file sharing is permitted, or, since the windows firewall is supposed to be "off", just concentrate on configuring only the Norton and McAfee?

Thanks
Bernie
 

Answer:Windows Firewall and Third Party Firewall

To do file and printer sharing you must enable file and printer sharing. But if you have the Windows firewall off you needn't be concerned whether the File and Printer Sharing exception is enabled in the firewall.
 

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I have just rebuild my computer and have the same perennial question - I am told that having two firewalls running is not twice as good as one - in fact it is less goof than one as the tend to clash. So - any views on whether this is still the case, and if so, whether I should disable the one in my router (Belkin) or the Windows firewall.

On a linked question - Windows Defender or Malwarebytes or both

And finally, if I disable Windows Firewall, and Defender, how do I stop Windows complaining that I am unprotected?

Answer:Windows Firewall vs Router Firewall

Hi.

Dont disable windows firewall,its fine and more secure to have both router and windows firewall enable\active.

If you decide to install Microsoft Security Essentials automatically disable Windows Defender because MSE includes antispyware scanner as well.

Windows defender works in the background and never conflicts with other antispyware software.
You can have both malwarebytes and windows defender.
Read this Good and Free system security combination.
To stop windows from alerting you,click start\control panel\Action Center\Change Action Center settings....

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Is software firewall less secure than hardware/peripheral firewall? Do we need both, or just one would be suffice? Thanks. YOYO.

Answer:Software Firewall Vs. Hardware Firewall

The hardwall firewall will provide an extra layer of protection from outside intrusions; however, it doesn't provide internal firewall protection. My brother, who is a security whiz, would say that you need both.Here is a good firewall tutorial which may help answer some of your questions.Orange Blossom

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what firewall is better windows firewall or the comodo pro?
 

Answer:firewall? windows firewall or comodo pro

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Hi Web, Computer geek friends,

Had Norton anti virus, and switched to Norton internet security ,is a smart firewall better?, I switched on the firewall and couldn't access internet, probably cause I had both firewalls on.Norton Internet Security seems overall much better.
Jim
PS, have a trial version of Norton internet security

Answer:Smart Firewall vs Regular Firewall

Hi Jim,You should only ever run 1 software Firewall.[Courtesy of Quietman7]IMPORTANT NOTE: Using more than one software firewall on a single computer is not advisable. Why? Using two firewalls could cause issues with connectivity to the Internet or other unexpected behavior. Further, running multiple software firewalls can cause conflicts that are hard to identify and troubleshoot. Only one of the firewalls can receive the packets over the network and process them. Sometimes you may even have a conflict that causes neither firewall to protect your connection. However, you can use a hardware firewall (a router) and a software firewall (i.e. Kerio, ZoneAlarm, Comodo, etc) in conjunction.The Differences and Features of Hardware & Software FirewallsChoosing a Firewall: Hardware v. SoftwareNorton's Smart Firewall is more feature rich than Windows Firewall, and is designed to work in concert with the other components of the suite. Unlike some 3rd-party Firewalls which can often bombard users with confusing prompts, Norton's Firewall is configured to require no, or minimal user interaction. It achieves this by consulting a large database of known good and bad programs, and the antivirus engine, if necessary, in order to automatically create Internet and Network permissions.I would leave Norton's Firewall enabled, and Windows Firewall disabled.

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Well 2day my comp decided 1 of it's firewalls just wont let a P2P prog. i use, gain acess. Now i cant find which firewall is blocking the prog. I've turned all of them off n tried it again but its still being blocked. Then my ZoneLabs keeps saying its blocking it but it never did this before. So then i shut ZoneLabs down and it still dont help. Any Suggestions?

Answer:firewall blocking, but dont no which firewall

anyone, please?

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I'd like to get opinions on which free firewall is better--Comodo or PC Tools. I have Comodo on my Vista laptop and PC Tools on my XP desktop and it seems to me that PC Tools is easier to understand. I'm wondering, though, if there is some dominating reason to use one or the other. Thanks for your thoughts.
 

Answer:Comodo Firewall vs. PC Tools Firewall

I've not used Comodo's firewall but believe it is considered one of the most(if not the most) effective from a security stand point. PC Tools firewall is considered one of the easiest to use and quite effective. I've used the PC Tools firewall and liked it.

One complaint about Comodo's firewall seen quite often is it's configuration complexity. A complaint I've seen numerous times(in the past) about PC Tools firewall is, when booting, a connection will be established before the firewall is up and running.

Given that the firewalls are already installed, working properly and not interfering with other installed applications, in the case of Comodo I would be inclined to spend more time learning how to configure it before going through an uninstall, a proper clean up procedure and then installing a different firewall.

When switching from one resident security application to another, if the sequence of steps for removal of the first security application aren't followed correctly, problems can and many times do crop up when the second security application is installed.
 

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Hi all. Advice needed about firewalls. I have Norton internet security 2006 on my laptop. On the desktop I have Zone Alarm pro. I use a netgear router for my wireless system. This has a built in firewall. My question is "can I safely disable my firewall on both machines and just leave it to my router to do the job." I have disabled them and tried a port check on one of the speed test sites and that showed my system was invisable to the net in the past but always started up my firewalls again. Hope someone can shed some light on this for me. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Answer:software firewall or Hardware firewall

Theoretically a Hardware Firewall is the best option but people use Software ones because they are cheaper. The Hardware one in your Router is very basic. Use your existing software ones in addition to the one in your router.

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I have pc-cillin internet security 2006 on my desktop. It has it's own firewall. Currently I am utilizing all of the utilities that came with pc2006 including the firewall. My question is...would norton personal firewall 2006 work with trend micro's security suite if I disabled the TM's firewall? Norton has security, personal firewall, intrusion protection, privacy control, and ad blocking settings. Would I just have to have the personal firewall turned on and leave the other settings unchecked to keep from interfering with the pc-cillin program? If the pc-cillin's firewall is good enough I'll just keep it running and forget about the norton. Right now when I run the Sygate and the Gibsom Research Corporation tests I come up completely stealth on both tests. Sorry to ramble.

Answer:Pc-cillin Firewall Vs. Norton Firewall

Most firewalls use the same logical mechanisms to do their job, the differences being in user interfaces and different subsidiary features. If your current firewall, as it seems to have passed a stealth test, is satisfactory and doing what it is designed to do, why would you want to change?
If you are using a combination security suite, picking and choosing various aspects seems a bit confusing in the long run, and in the case of firewalls could lead to having both running at the same time, which can cause serious conflicts.
Bottom line. Use what you have since it works.
Regards,
John

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ok i have kaspersky anti virus and now i need a firewall. im planning on getting ad-aware and Spybot S&D so i have everything i need except a firewall. so any good ones(that are free)
thank, your help is greatly appreciated
 

Answer:Need a Firewall to replace windows firewall

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I have a new system at home which I am getting ready to roll out. I have always used Norton Security on all my PCs prior to using XP Pro. This new system has XP Pro. Should I , or maybe should I say .. can I ... run both Norton and XPs firewall with no problems? Don't want to keep paying for annual subscription updates to Norton, if I don't have to.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Is Norton Firewall and XP SP2 Firewall Both Necessary

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i have a ZyXel 600 router that has a built-in firewall, and i recently installed Endian Firewall, the router firewall is currently off, the question is which one is better? soft or hardware ? should i put the two online? and if so would that impact in the speed of download?
 

Answer:Hardware Firewall vs. Software Firewall

Most "hardware" firewalls are simply a crappy x86 running linux, which is what you are running now. Endian on even a pentium 2 will smoke just about any consumer level router/firewall out there.
 

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Sometimes my Comodo Firewall seems to be the "last thing" to come alive in the tray notification area.
Should I have Windows 7 Firewall on by default?  But, that would mean two active firewalls, correct?

Answer:Can I have Windows 7 Firewall w/Comodo Firewall?

You should only have one firewall installed at a time. Having more than one firewall program installed at once is likely to cause conflicts and may well decrease your overall protection as well as seriously impairing the performance of your PC.

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Hi All,
My Belmarc Security score is pretty low - 0.63 out of 10.
Can anybody recommend me a freeware firewall that can bring this security level up to 5 out of 10 that automates this cos I ain't that techie - I am not into codes or command prompts - or advise me of what to do please?

I am using Windows Firewall of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Cheers.

 

Answer:Firewall Wanted To Rival Ms Firewall

Comodo - consistently the most highly reviewed FW:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/comodo_personal_firewall.html
 

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which one should I use the firewall on service pack 2 that windows gave me or the Nvidia firewall with the active armor firewall.. thanks!

Answer:windows firewall vs Nvidia firewall??

Just a matter of opinion, I would use the NVIDIA one

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Hi there,

I'm using a netgear router(WGT 624) to access the internet and I'm wondering if it would be wise to use another software firewall in addition to the WinXP firewall. I am using Antivir as a virus scanner and doing online scans on panda / trendmicro from time to tome in addition to using ad-aware. I'm wondering if my hardware-firewall is enough to keep me secure from stuff since most software firewalls are package-tracking anyway.
So far I have not experienced any problems, but I'm just wondering if I can feel safe ... I used to use sygate personal but I got a lan at home how with a laptop accessing over the router too so I'm just feeling kind of naked without sygate (which I abandoned because of lan problems) ..... should I?
 

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I have the new SP2 and Nortan Personal Firewall... which one should i keep on?
 

Answer:SP2 Firewall and Nortan Firewall which shud i keep?

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Sometimes my Comodo Firewall seems to be the "last thing" to come alive in the tray notification area.
Should I have Windows 7 Firewall on by default?  But, that would mean two active firewalls, correct?

Answer:Can I have Windows 7 Firewall w/Comodo Firewall?

You should only have one firewall installed at a time. Having more than one firewall program installed at once is likely to cause conflicts and may well decrease your overall protection as well as seriously impairing the performance of your PC.

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I was just wondering if anyone knows which is the better firewall, Mcafee or the firewall that is included in Windows XP Service Pack 2? Also, is it safe to have both running at the same time or is it better to just have 1? Any help would be appreciated!
 

Answer:Windows SP2 Firewall Or Mcafee Firewall??

Don't think it's safe to have 2 AV's running at the same time, as they can conflict.........
I personally would never rely on the XP firewall. Mcafee I have no experience with.
I use Avast Home Edition as my AV, and find it very good (it's also free, and they have a super forum).

There is a download here at MajorGeeks


http://majorgeeks.com/download1968.html

There may be others that prefer something else...............
 

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I'm all for the layered defense and I did purchase Kerio Personal Firewall, and I love it. But someone said that if something got past the hardware firewall, then the software firewall wouldn't really help. And I honestly wasn't really sure about this, did a couple quick searches but I don't have any time for research until at least the weekend.

I always figured a software firewall would help, and kerio seems to do a great job of notifying me of all connections, which I can allow or deny. Is this a lot less useful since I'm on a hardware firewall?


So is there really any benefit to having a software firewall on top of a routers hardware firewall? Or are the software firewalls mostly beneficial with a wireless connection or a network without a firewall?
 

Answer:software firewall vs hardware firewall

That isn't really true. Software firewalls residing on the host have the added benefit of typically being application-aware. Since they reside on the same system as the applications accessing the internet, they can develop a baseline for what is normal and what isn't, and inspect the application for misuse.

Most hardware firewalls typically filter off ports or known services. Many are starting to become application-aware (ex: they can detect Kazaa trying to use port 80 to appear as legit web traffic), but the host-based firewalls will always have the advantage of being on the machine you're intending to protect.

If the hardware and software firewalls were created equal, and blocked or allowed only port numbers and didn't do filtering beyond that, then whatever gets past the hardware firewall is probably going to get past the software one too.
 

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Which one is better to use. I'm guessing the Norton.
 

Answer:Windows XP Firewall or Norton Firewall?

Hi, In general, yes, the 3rd party firewalls are better, even when you are using XP Service Pack 2> but remember you should disable the XP firewall if you do use something like Norton Internet Security which contains Norton Personal Firewall. Norton apps usually will do the turning off XP's firewall for you.

Norton apps can also become problematic...for some users.
There are complete removal tools downloadable from the Symantec website for specific versions of their programs when trouble arises. When they work, they work well.
 

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So I have Avira internet suite which comes with its own firewall and a bunch of other stuff.. But it conflicts with windows firewall. So I disabled windows firewall from the the services section like completely disabled it and it keeps asking me to turn it back on. My question is which firewall is better and also how do I just get windows to stop sending me notifcations that its off its mad annoying. Should I disable aviras firewall and keep windows firewall enabled. Or should I keep the aviras firewall on?
 

Answer:Windows Firewall, Avira firewall.

Personally I would stick with the Avira firewall.

Which version of Windows are you running?
 

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Hi folks, unfortunately for my job i need to use unsecured networks at times and i wanted to add more protection to the win 7 firewall, can you recommend any that are user friendly?

Thank you
 

Answer:beginner friendly firewall add on to Win 7 firewall

There are a couple of Firewall "helpers" for Windows 7 in the Firewall Software section
that you might find useful.

Two possibilities:
Windows Firewall Control

Windows 7 Firewall Control
 

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i see alot of posts on TSG talking about firewalls, usually what is the best, but please can someone give me a little background on the differences between software based firewalls like zone alarm and hardware firewalls like a watchguard firebox or sonicwall pro.
basically i am going to be opening my small network (20 pc's) open to the outside world with a 512k ASDL line.
i need security but i also need to be able to allow access to certain access databases to a unknown number of remote users.
i have spent most of the afternoon reading various articles on various firewalls but still not sure why i should pay £3000 up on a firewall when the free zonealarm appears to do pretty much the same thing?
i am sure it does many extra things, but what?
any extra info would be appreciated
 

Answer:software firewall V hardware firewall

Hardware firewalls may provide capabilities that software firewalls do not. For example, my hardware firewall allows packet filtering based on the content of the packet (even an arbitrary sequence of bytes). To my knowledge, ZoneAlarm does not offer this. This feature could be important if you wished to filter out particular packets regardless of the port or connection protocol (TCP, UDP) used (or if these changed frequently).

In general, hardware tends to be faster than software for the same operation (after all, your CPU is handling not only your firewall software but everything else that is running on the machine at the time). Especially if you anticipate high traffic, a hardware firewall may have a performance edge.

Note that using a software firewall suggests that the firewall machine must always be active unless you install individual firewalls on each machine on the network. Using a hardware firewall requires only that the firewall itself be active, which is usually more economical than having a PC running.

You may also want to consider a combination of a router + firewall as a gateway with ZoneAlarm installed on each individual machine.

Hope this helps.
 

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I'm not that PC savvy, but I did search for Windows Firewall before this post. If it's in the wrong thread, I'm sorry.
I have windows 7, free Avast, but I can't change recommended settings in Win 7 firewall. When I click on ''user recommended settings, the error message is ''Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings error code 0x80070424'' Thanks so much for any help...:-o
 

Answer:Windows Firewall, Avast firewall help

Hi

Moved your post to its own thread as always best to start a new thread on any issue, even if partly covered before as the info is tailored to your PC.

Is your Windows 7 fully up to date and at SP1?

Are you logged in as Admin?
I take it free Avast is the anti-virus software and what version is this software?

Very likely this help will work for you HERE but before running do backup your registry and this app can do this for you HERE once backed up, follow the post at TechNet exactly.

If you get any error messages do tell us then exactly as they are written.
 

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Which one is better? I'm guessing Norton.
 

Answer:Windows XP Firewall or Norton Firewall?

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Checked on my security status and found a statement report from windows security that windows firewall & Comodo firewall plus are both running, problem is I do not have comodo pro and cannot find it through CCleaner either any ideas please. VISTA

Answer:windows firewall &comodo firewall pro

could not find it through control panel as well

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