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Do I Have Win Xp Firewall Up? And Can I Shut It Down? How?

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#1 SamerT


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Posted 11 October 2005 - 06:24 PM

I've been having problems accessing my Gmail account (to Be more specific, I can access it but I can't read or write any messages) from my home PC, so I contacted the Gmail staff, they suggested a bunch of simple things to try but they didn't help, so they believe I have a Windows XP Firewall up, which I don't remember installing and can't find anywhere, and I need to bring that down. Could I have it and not see it? Can I kill it?
Also, can I stop the Windows update thing from auto updating the OS? When I I go to the place I'm supposed to be allowed to do it, everything is gray and "unselectable"! :|


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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:38 PM

To see if you have the Windows Firewall Installed:

Start > Control Panel > Security Center

If Security Center: When the window opens it will tell you the status of the firewall, whether it is turned on or off. Scroll down the page until you see Firewall at the bottom, click on it and that is where you can turn it off.

On this same page is whree you can turn off the Automatic Updates.

If you don't have 'Security Center', then on the left side of the page you will see "Switch to Classic View". Click on this, and look for either Automatic Updates, or Windows Firewall.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 08:52 AM

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:

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.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 09:44 AM

The easiest way to find out if it's your browser is to install another browser that doesn't use the IE engine. Try FireFox from here (for free): http://www.mozilla.org/
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