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Xp Firewall vs 3rd Party Firewalls


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rainmaker

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I am new to XP and am wondering if the built-in firewall is adequate or if I should disable it and go with Zonealarm or Norton or McAfee or...? (I do not have a router.) Please let me know your thoughts/experiences.

Thanks.
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The XP firewall only blocks traffic from entering your computer. Most third party firewalls also monitor outbound traffic from your computer. An example would be a trojan using your computer to send spam.

Windows chooses to only block inbound traffic because the configuration is much easier. It takes some time, and a bit of a learning curve to "teach" a firewall what's safe traffic from your system.

Windows firewall is much better than nothing, and firewall that monitors traffic in both directions is even better.
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very interesting...thanks for the help.
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Turn that nasty firewall OFF. Off I said. I have had soooo many problems with my network, all due to that nasty firewall. Leave it out Bill Gates, If I wanted a Firewall built in, I would have installed linux (which I have done anyway :tazz: )
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just placing my thought - better go for Zone Alarm

windows firewall - i hate u! :tazz:

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Why the dissing of the windows firewall--it does what it is supposed to do in limited circumstances.

If MS wanted to offer a full fledged firewall they would sell you one (if they included it, someone else would sue them.

For what it's worth, I cannot recommend zone alarm anymore...it seems to cause too many issues. My prefered firewall is an old version of Kerio
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My preference is to solve the problem using hardware, not more software. Netgear, linksys and other manufacturers all have a wide selection of products that perform well. Your feature list and budget will determine your choice.

I am currently using a Netgear WGT624; have had no problems and my machines are well protected.

Try dslreports.com and the grc.com sites for probers that will tell you how open your machine is.
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I use McAfee Personal Firewall Plus and i think it is great and have never had any problems but a soon as I installed SP2 which has windows firewall some of my programs stopped working and it stopped me connecting to the internet even after adding the programs to the allow list.
the new Windows Codename Longhorn is a lot better and I think microsoft are finally starting to get better but why such high prices MS.
Linux is free but MS is better but to expensive.
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