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Is my firewall enough protection

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#1 Lyn


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Posted 12 April 2005 - 02:15 AM

After doinng four factory reinstalling, I realized my Linksys firewall wasnt enabled automatically. But now my firewall is diffinately enabled. I read that XP's firewall comes from the SP1a installation package.
Im aware SP1 comes with much more but for now I want to know your expert advice if I can make do with XP'S firewall?
If not, then I need help in detecting why I can not manually update. The update page says ''this may take time''..... but not at thing happens not even an error.

I'm leary because I am a novice and not familar with comprehending Micrsofts explainations and instructions of SP1a. I installed this about 6 months ago, only to feel lost when I lost my Internet connection. Even if I had Microsoft's instructions for setting up the firewall I'm sure Id be frustrated & lost.. And there are pieces I read in this forum, about disconnecting and reconnecting my modem after installation.

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#2 stidyup


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Posted 12 April 2005 - 02:52 AM

Sounds like you have a virus.

Create a hijack this log and post it here


If you have a friend who has broadband get them to download you the full Windows Service Pack 2 install file as you need this or if you work for a company ask the IT dept if they will put it on a CD for you. Before you install this file you need to make sure your PC is virus free.

#3 Rimmer


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Posted 12 April 2005 - 04:27 AM

Lyn (Classy) - I don't know the Linksys firewall you use, but there are some comments I would make:
  • You only need, or want, one active firewall in your PC.
  • The Windows XP firewall is very simple to operate. It's either on or off. It is installed automatically with one of the service packs as you said.
  • There are excellent FREE, downloadable firewalls available on the internet -ZoneAlarm is one - see the tutorial section of this site for good advice on keeping your computer safe.
    Here's the ZoneAlarm link: http://www.zonelabs.com/
  • The most important thing for you to have on your system is a fully up-to-date anti-virus program and anti-spyware programs. You can also run an online anti-virus program to scan your system and remove problems.
Finally, follow the instructions in this tutorial:
- then, if you need to, you will be ready to post a HijackThis log as stidyup suggested.

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 01:01 PM

I will only add that the XP firewall will only check incomming packets, and ignores any outgoing ones (so malware can "call home" without any interference); you should, consequently, turn off the Windows Firewall, and replace it. There are several good, free firewalls available, such as ZoneAlarm or SygatePersonal Firewall.
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