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Windows Xp Firewall Settings Won't Open


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#1 spiritcloud

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:12 PM

Guess what? My wife's computer has another problem outside my knowledge to fix(not uncommon). She can open her main Security Center window, but when she clicks on the "Windows Firewall" link to check her settings, she gets the following error message:

Due to an unidentified problem Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings

While looking through other posts, I saw that someone else had a Windows Firewall problem and was advised to use a different firewall altogether(Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6, or Zone Alarm). What are the pros and cons of using one of these instead of Windows Firewall?

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:25 PM

I have had this problem before try this method http://windowsxp.mvps.org/sharedaccess.htm

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:25 PM

There are no cons to using a 3d-party firewall.

The XP firewall is adequate for many users...3d-party firewalls offer more options for users who want to tweak and be more informed, as well as providing the capability for monitoring outgoing attempts by a system. The Windows Firewall does not monitor such.

If a user isn't interested in the details provided by 3d-party firewalls...and isn't interested in having attempts to connect to the Internet (by her/his system) monitored...the XP firewall is fine.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:55 PM

Windows firewall "It only filters INCOMING traffic. That means if malware has compromised your PC, it is able to SEND OUT your credit card data, and all other personal info." (what Sunbelt has to say about the Windows firewall)

Your call-keep using Windows firewall or ditch it for a full program?

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:19 PM

Hi spiritcloud,

There are no 'Cons', that I know of at least, to third party firewalls... just 'Pros', like several are free.

Take a look at these; http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/ , and http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/cat.../comparison.jsp <-- if you want to go with this one make sure it's the free one.

I DO NOT, under any circumstances, recommend the 15 day free trial version of ZoneAlarm PRO to anybody, as I, personally, have had one BAD, BAD, BAD... system devastating experience with that.

That is, however, no reflection on their free firewall, which I think is grate and am using as we speak.


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