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Firewall or not?


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#1 mujibyepi

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:43 PM

Hi. I have a PC running Windows 7 64 bit operating system. My computer came with a 2 year subscription to McAffee security, which included a firewall. My McAffee subscription is up, and I'm going with free protection. Regarding firewall protection, I know that Windows has a firewall, but have heard that it is not bi-directional. I am considering installing a free firewall program and am considering Zone Alarm, Sygate, and Comodo. So my question is how important is it to upgrade from the Windows firewall. I'm always hesitant to add new software because I find that so often, a problem is created such as software conflicts. (This happened when I installed AVG antivirus, which caused problems with my Skype, so I had to do all kinds of stuff to get it right again, including uninstalling AVG and using Avast instead).

Any thoughts or suggestions on firewall adequacy and suggested replacements for Windows firewall? I'm pretty much a novice to slightly intermediate computer person, so I want a program that is simple and does not require a lot of tweeking and adjusting. Thank you very much. I always appreciate this forum!

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:03 PM

Hi, That was the older versions firewall. The Win7 is 2 way and good. If you want the best and its free use the FREE Comodo.,But ue only the firewal/
http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:34 PM

Thanks Boopme. Good to know that the new Windows firewall is good. I'm going to stick with it for now. I've just had a bit too many computer problems arise recently with new software installations.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:25 AM

Hi -
Just to be sure, follow these directions for full removal of installed McAfee programs -

Follow these directions to download the McAfee Removal Tool and run it to remove all the below listed McAfee programs.
•McAfee Security Center
•McAfee VirusScan
•McAfee Personal Firewall Plus
•McAfee Privacy Service
•McAfee SpamKiller
•McAfee Wireless Network Security
•McAfee SiteAdvisor
•McAfee Data Backup
•McAfee Network Manager
•McAfee Easy Network
•McAfee AntiSpyware

1.Click on the following link to download the MCPR removal tool
http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe
2.Click Save and save the file to your desktop
3.Close all McAfee Application windows you may have open, and double-click on MCPR.exe to start the removal tool. Windows Vista users will have to right-click on the file and select "Run as Administrator"
4.After the removal tool finishes, you should be prompted to restart your computer.
5.Once the computer restarts, your McAfee product should be uninstalled.

Extra Optional Steps
1.Open My Computer, double-click on Drive C
2.Double-click on Program Files
3.Look for any McAfee product folders that remain. Right-click on them and choose Delete
4.Close My Computer and other folders
5.Reboot your computer.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:37 AM

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