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Is windows firewall enough? + Antivirus set up


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#1 QuestionGuy

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 02:35 PM

Hey guys. So I have been out of the windows scene for the last 3 years. Previously was a windows user for 15 years.

Currently running Windows 8.1.

I currently have Eset Smart Security 2014 and MalwareBytes installed (might get MB premium). 

Is that enough these days? Or should I be looking into using Zonealarm or some other third party firewall too?

 

Hopefully Microsofts firewall is up to scratch these days :)

 

Thanks in advance.



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 03:23 PM


Most concerns you may have heard or read about the Windows Firewall were in the XP operating system so many users were advised to use third-party alternatives. Microsoft significantly improved the firewall to address these concerns in Vista and then added more improvements in Windows 7/8.

5 Reasons Why the Windows Firewall is One of the Best Firewalls.

For more information see Choosing a Firewall.

I have been using ESET NOD32 along with Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Window's built in Firewall for years without issues.

I also have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Premium) installed but I manually start it after boot up.
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Posted 22 May 2014 - 03:59 PM

Windows firewall is good enough. And there are some utilities for the WF that provide you another GUI, like http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php.


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:08 PM

And also http://sphinx-soft.com/Vista/index.html


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:11 PM

Thanks for the info guys! Seems things are much better now with the built in tools.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:13 PM

You're welcome!


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

Not a problem.

BTW, this link is in one of the other links I provided but in case you miss it...Windows 8 Firewall from start to finish
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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:18 PM

Really appreciate you both providing me with all this information.

I will have a read over it when i'm back at my workstation in the morning.

Seems like a very friendly community here.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:19 PM

Thanks for those links Didier... I didn't even know such applications existed. :thumbup2:



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 04:24 PM

Thanks for those links Didier... I didn't even know such applications existed. :thumbup2:

No problem. These things are possible thanks to the Windows Filtering Platform: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa366510%28v=vs.85%29.aspx


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 05:27 PM

Seems like a very friendly community here.

Bleeping Computer is a family oriented site where we offer assistance to those who know very little about computing. As such, our forum discussion board is primarily targeted more for the novice user as they comprise most of our membership. We provide help based on that premise since it is impossible for us to know the extent of a member's background, knowledge level and experience until we get to know them. We also keep this in mind when writing replies since we know many novice members read various topics searching for answers without ever posting a reply.
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Posted 23 May 2014 - 04:29 AM

 

Seems like a very friendly community here.

Bleeping Computer is a family oriented site where we offer assistance to those who know very little about computing. As such, our forum discussion board is primarily targeted more for the novice user as they comprise most of our membership. We provide help based on that premise since it is impossible for us to know the extent of a member's background, knowledge level and experience until we get to know them. We also keep this in mind when writing replies since we know many novice members read various topics searching for answers without ever posting a reply.

 

 

Well that is excellent. I have been looking for a friendly computer community for a while now and it's funny how I landed on one with my first fresh attempt :>

 

I was a seasoned Windows pro (15 years of use) before leaving to do some iOS apps (i'm a professional programmer/software developer) and after I was done with the majority of that I decided it was time to return to Windows. I won't say why I returned as I don't want to start silly Mac Vs Windows flame wars, but I'm back and enjoying the changes made since Windows 7.

 

Not too fond of the Modern UI apps, for the sole reason that they consume the whole screen (I see stardock has a program that works around that).... but aside from that it's pretty darn great :)


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:09 PM

Yes, it is a friendly computer community here. We focus on giving practical advice, recommending people to change OS is not practical advice.

 

Are you also a Windows developer?

 

FYI: I'm an IT Security professional, and started as a developer.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 05:44 PM

Yes, it is a friendly computer community here. We focus on giving practical advice, recommending people to change OS is not practical advice.
 
Are you also a Windows developer?
 
FYI: I'm an IT Security professional, and started as a developer.


Nice to meet you!

I develop for: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Ouya, Amazon (Kindle and TV), Web and formerly for the Sony PSP.

I hope to also start developing for Windows Phone once my Nokia Lumina 520 arrives in the mail!




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