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Which firewall is up? All or none?

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#1 technickel


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:08 AM

I have Malewarebytes, McAfee, and Webroot installed on my Windows 7 PC. Could all these firewalls be working at the same time, or are they all compromised? If I must disable one or more for just one to be operational, which one(s)?

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:22 AM

Using more than one software firewall on a single computer is not advisable. Why? Using two firewalls 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 (i.e. Kerio, ZoneAlarm, Comodo, etc) in conjunction.Choosing a Firewall <- I recommend Windows built-in Firewall so I would disable all others

BTW, Malwarebytes does not have a firewall.
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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:07 AM

Hi technickel -
This is the current listings on 2 Webroot programs, please list your version.


Webroot Internet Security Essentials is an Antivirus, Antispyware, Personal firewall security software, and back-up utility program with additional personal and PC security features.


Webroot Internet Security Complete is a computer security software program for Microsoft Windows users that combine SaaS cloud protection with traditional antivirus and antispyware desktop technologies. Built into the suite is a two-way firewall, 10GB of online backup and file sharing capabilities, a registry cleaner, email antispam, secure browsing, anti-phishing and a password management service.


As you do not list the version of McAfee that you have mentioned, I am unable to compare these 2 programs.


Can you please list the specific versions of the programs that you have installed (mainly McAfee) -


Please see above for "general listings" about most firewalls from quietman7.


Thank You -

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