You still need a firewall whether it's Window's or another one.
Download the free Zonealarm and give permissions to the programs you want to ba able top access the internet as you use them. ZoneAlarm, unlike the XP firewall protects you against both incoming and outgoing threats (trojans, phone homes, zombie usage, etc). The XP firewall only protects against incomming threats.
Free Zone Alarm SE:http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/comp...;NONE?lid=ho_za
Actually, since you can use your web browser the chances are the firewall is not the culprit in blocking gmail but rather the security settings in your browser. Gmail is not a seperate program and therefore would not be restricted by the firewall if the browser you used to access it worked ok.
Edited by Enthusiast, 12 October 2005 - 08:54 AM.