To save memory space, I removed AVGFree antivirus from my XP desktop and installed the Avast Free program. Now I am not sure I still have a firewall. Can someone please tell me how I can check whether or not the firewall is there? Thanks. ...batpark
Firewall and Avast Free AV?
Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:04 AM
If I remember correctly you can view all of your security monitoring from the Security Center.
Start > Control Panel > Security Center.
It should tell you in there if your firewall needs attention.
Hopefully you will see something like this:
If it tells you that there is not firewall turned on, look to the bottom of the Security Center window - it should say
Manage Security Settings for:
click on the Windows Firewall icon there.
This should open the control for the firewall, where you can turn it on.
Please make sure that you are not running 2 or more firewalls, this won't help you at all.
Also, please consider dumping Windows XP, it's reached it's end of life, and there will be no more security patches for it.
Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:29 AM
Assume you are talking XP since that is what your profile says. The Windows XP firewall service is called
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
so open the services window, scroll down and see if it says it is started.
(Start, Run, services.msc , OK)
It should be Started if not, right click on it and select Properties then change the Startup Type: to Automatic and Apply then Try to Start the Service.
You can also test it with Shieldsup!
A few notes on Avast since you are new to it:
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