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Should I use Norton Internet Security 2008's firewall or Windows Vista's built in one?


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#1 hiprocka

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 12:30 PM

Or, should I have them both on?

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 01:39 PM

Or, should I have them both on?


No, you should only ever have one active firewall.

I would choose Norton ahead of the windows firewall, as the windows firewall doesn't stop malware that may already be on your system from 'phoning home', for further instructions.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 03:16 PM

But with Vista you also have UAC and some outbound control.

I know nothing about the Norton firewall unfortunately as Norton demands payment, so I removed it from my system.

There are probably better firewalls than either of those and available free as well.
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 03:32 PM

But with Vista you also have UAC and some outbound control.


I didn't know you had some control with the Vista version, but as far as malware is concerned, surley it's better to assume none than rely on 'some'.

I have used Nortons firewall, which is ok. I agree there are better, free alternatives, like ZoneAlarm or Comodo.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:15 AM

I keep getting a message to the effect that Windows Firewall needs to communicate with me about something. It's probably a message to tell me it has been disabled. How should I handle this situation?

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:26 AM

I got a messag eon Friday that my computer had viruses and was compromised in 37 different ways - it was a bit of a scare scam tactic that wanted me to install Antivirus 360. Stupidly, I did, and that is what eventually led me to this site via my buddy. When I got the message, it looked like a Windows shield insignia that was attached to it, but it was something else. Beware, Hiprocka. I couldn't unistall it once I installed it and found that they wanted 49 dollars for me to sign their license agreement and then they would give me the fixes.




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