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#1 Emu1212

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:00 PM

Hey, I was wondering if the program ActiveArmor Firewall is any good. I have had it for quite a while, but I've always used Windows Firewall. I've never really even noticed it until recently and I looked at the options and it seems kinda weird. Is it good? Or should I just get rid or it?

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:11 PM

http://www.nvidia.com/object/security.html

Never heard of it before I read your post. I'm assuming it comes on any computer that has NVIDIA hardware..?

Or...

Most computer firewalls in the market are software-based add-ons. In contrast, NVIDIA Firewall is a "native" hardware-optimized solution. It is an integrated part of the NVIDIA nForce MCPs, and outperforms all other system firewalls in performance and protection.


I've always used the built-in firewall, as well.

Looks okay to me. Whether or not you keep it is up to you. :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:29 PM

I think I'll delete it then, hah. Thanks! But I don't see it in the uninstall list.... Whatever, hah.

Edited by Emu1212, 11 April 2010 - 06:31 PM.


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Posted 11 April 2010 - 06:31 PM

You're welcome. :thumbsup:

Be sure to turn the Windows Firewall on after you remove the NVIDIA one.

Well, it's hardware based, so you might just have to disable it somehow. I've never seen or used it, so I have no clue how to do this.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 10:50 PM

Another weird thing I noticed about it is that when I try to open some things in the program or if I try to open the program from the Start Menu, it opens my browser and looks like it is trying to open a website... Maybe it is the firewall for my router or something? I could link the website if you want, but I didn't know if it gives any information away since it starts "http://localhost......."

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:01 AM

Well, my Wi-Fi router has settings that can only be accessed through my browser: http://homeportal/ It's not a website. It connects directly to my router.

Like I said, I have no knowledge of this hardware-based firewall. I imagine the settings are available once you let that page load, but you will have to figure it out yourself. If you tell me what you see, I can try to advise on where to go from there, but I'm sure you're smart enough to do it yourself. :thumbsup:

Like I said, I'm willing to help, but my advice will be limited.

Let me know what you figure out. :flowers:
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:06 PM

Well the really weird thing is that the page can't load... hah. It just says "Problem loading page" and that it can't establish a connection. I would have checked it out already, but I guess it doesn't want me to! hah.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:34 PM

Hmm...well, I really have no idea. Is there any documentation or "Help" program that came with it?

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 08:00 PM

Well I found something called Administrator's Guide, and there is a little section on it. Here's the main part:

ActiveArmor Firewall

Note: ActiveArmor Firewall only operates on an NVIDIA Ethernet interface.
ActiveArmor Firewall will not protect network traffic/application on a
system that uses a third-party Ethernet interface (for example 3Com,
Intel, Broadcom, DLink, etc.) on an NVIDIA nForce motherboard.

ActiveArmor Firewall—the only “native” firewall in the market—is optimized
and integrated into the NVIDIA nForce systems that support ForceWare
Network Access Manager. (See Table 1.1 for supported NVIDIA hardware and
features.)

The ActiveArmor Firewall is a high performance, “hardware-optimized”
firewall offering enhanced reliability and protection at the end-point—i.e., the
desktop. It incorporates firewall and antihacking technologies such as
antispoofing, antisniffing, anti-ARP cache poisoning, and anti-DHCP server,
which are important security controls for corporate network environments.

For an explanation of firewall concepts and the ActiveArmor Firewall, see
Chapter 3—“ActiveArmor Firewall: Basic Concepts” on page 31.


Edited by Emu1212, 12 April 2010 - 08:01 PM.


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Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:28 PM

I'm stumped.... :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:54 PM

Hello,

I've done some searching on this firewall. I've seen a fair number of folks having problems with it. Very little support out there, which I find disturbing. There should at the least be a manual for how to use the thing. I did find something about how to go about uninstalling the bugger. It was linked to in another topic where someone was requesting assistance getting rid of it.

http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=959723

And uninstallation instructions here: http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.p...=2&q=jclark

Please note that I have not used this firewall nor have I tried to remove it so I can't say that this will work.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:11 AM

Hmm, weird! But thank you! I might be reformatting, but I'll give it it a try!




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