3rd Party Firewall

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by JamesJ, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    I probably asked this before but please indulge me again.
    I recently installed an AntiVirus/AntiSpyware/Firewall software.
    Windows Defender loads at startup as does this other firewall.
    Is it ok to have both running? Should I disable one?

    JamesJ, Sep 6, 2008
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    Victek Guest

    Load the Security Center (in the Control Panel) to see if one or multiple
    firewalls are running. I recommend you disable the Windows Firewall if your
    suite includes one (so does Microsoft). FYI, Windows Defender is
    antispyware (AS). Having more then one resident AS program is redundant and
    may slow things down a little, but it shouldn't hurt anything.
    Victek, Sep 6, 2008
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  3. Windows Defender isn't a firewall application, so it can't possibly
    conflict in this manner.


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    Bruce Chambers, Sep 6, 2008
  4. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    Security Center is reporting Windows Defender as being Off
    but it still loads at startup?

    JamesJ, Sep 6, 2008
  5. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    Shows Windows Firewall being Off.


    JamesJ, Sep 6, 2008
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    DL Guest

    It might help if you told us what AV/Spyware/Firewall you installed, & its
    DL, Sep 7, 2008
  7. You should only have one anti-virus program and 1 firewall program
    running at one time.

    Defender is not a firewall program.... The descrioption is:

    "Scan your computer for unwanted software, schedule scans, and get the
    latest unwanted software definitions."

    BTW, I disabled the Windows Defender service with no consequences....


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Sep 7, 2008
  8. JamesJ

    usmc_nam_vet Guest

    Trend micro has a scan for incompatable software before loading. Window
    Defender is one of those listed. I have run both at the same time an
    did not have any complications, but also received no added bentifit a
    Defender did not find any problems after running Trend Micro. I di
    uninstalled Windows Defender as it removal does not effect any othe
    Microsoft program
    usmc_nam_vet, Sep 7, 2008
  9. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    Webroot AntiVirus AntiSpyware
    I just changed to enable Windows Firewall and uninstall the other.

    JamesJ, Sep 7, 2008
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    DL Guest

    Then I assume its all ok now

    DL, Sep 7, 2008
  11. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    Yes no problems. Just wasn't sure what Defender was for.

    JamesJ, Sep 7, 2008
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    aukiman Guest

    General rule of thumb to follow.

    1 x Firewall only
    1 x Anti-Virus Only

    I believe it is good practice to have more than one anti-spyware
    program however, unless you do notice a performance drop or have
    compatibility issues. From experience I have not yet found one
    all-in-one cure for spyware and regularly use quite a few each with
    differing results to combat these pests.


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    aukiman, Sep 7, 2008
  13. Why? While teh VIsta firewall is much better than XP, it isn't as good
    as the WebRoot firewall...


    Hank Arnold
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Server - Directory Services
    Hank Arnold (MVP), Sep 8, 2008
  14. JamesJ

    JamesJ Guest

    I can't tell which is better!

    JamesJ, Sep 8, 2008
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