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adgo82

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Hi all,
Is it a good idea to install more then one software firewall?
Any advise would be welcome.
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dyserq

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Yes it definately is
You should see whether zone alarm pro works with your computer seeing as though i have heard many accounts of it having bugs ... although on other computers it works fine
But if you have windows xp sp2 firewall, that is sufficient enough

Edited by dyserq, 12 August 2005 - 04:17 AM.

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You should not run more than one firewall

This also applies to anti virus programmes

You can run online virus scans with your anti virus programme running
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No, it isn't. Running two or more software firewalls on the same machine at any one given time can cause some serious conflicts for your system - sometimes even rendering both programs useless. Same goes for anti-virus programs.

But if you have windows xp sp2 firewall, that is sufficient enough


I beg to differ. The firewall that comes with Windows XP Service Pack 2 does offer some degree of protection, but that's only for inward-bound traffic - it doesn't monitor outgoing connections, and thus any Windows operating system making use of that firewall will still be pretty vulnerable to dangerous Internet traffic. Only use it when you have no other alternative - but as soon as you can, download and install a decent full-fledged firewall like ZoneAlarm or Kerio at once. The free version of ZoneAlarm should automatically disable the Windows firewall once it has been activated, although I'm not too sure about other software firewalls. Even so, always check to make sure that you've only got a single firewall program running on your system.

Edited by cassykins, 12 August 2005 - 07:03 PM.

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