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#1 Roswell.1701

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 12:46 PM

Windows has it's own firewall. But I use Norton Security Suit, which has it's own firewall. My computer settings tell me that the Windows firewall is active. Am I running two firewalls? And doesn't it slow your computer if you are in fact running more than one security system at a time? I prefer to put my trust in Norton. Question: should I disable the Windows firewall?
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 12:51 PM

The short answer is yes. Disable the windows firewall if you have another firewall in place.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 01:00 PM

Yes, using two software firewalls on a single computer could cause issues with connectivity to the Internet or other unexpected behavior. Further, running multiple software firewalls can cause conflicts that are hard to identify and troubleshoot. Only one of the firewalls can receive the packets over the network and process them. Sometimes you may even have a conflict that causes neither firewall to protect your connection. However, you can use a hardware firewall (a router) and a software firewall (Kerio or ZoneAlarm) in conjunction.You also may want to read Understanding and Using Firewalls.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 02:35 PM

Thanks Janitor, thanks Animinion. I figured that was the case. By the by, great avatars! Thanks again.
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