Which Firewall - new HP Pavilion+Vista Home Premium+Norton.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Rick Rogers, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. Rick Rogers

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Donny,

    As long as you have one running, it shouldn't matter which. I think you
    might find that the native firewall is less intrusive, but try them both to
    see what works for you.

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    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
     
    Rick Rogers, Apr 8, 2007
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    Donny Guest

    Hi Folks,

    Brand new HP desktop running Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

    Came with a year and a half of Norton, which I'm updating and using
    for anti-virus.

    We have a new wired, (NOT wireless), gateway modem/router from Verizon
    DSL for multiple computers in the house.

    Wondering which Firewall, if any, should I be using, and why.

    I'm leaning towards the Windows Defender that came with it, just
    because it won't run out like the Norton.

    Primary need for me is ease of use, without sacrificing security.

    Thoughts, advice, comments welcome, and thanx.

    Donny
     
    Donny, Apr 8, 2007
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  3. Rick Rogers

    Donny Guest

    DUH! Windows Defender is already running, performing scans late at
    night, and works fine! I didn't even know it until I checked.

    Thanx!

    Donny
     
    Donny, Apr 8, 2007
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  4. Rick Rogers

    Robert Moir Guest

    Minor point. Defender is an antispyware program, not a firewall.

    Windows' firewall component is something seperate again, but this will also
    be running by default.

    I'm not a fan of Defender but it's a "good enough" spyware program, I guess.
    I think there are better ones to be had, but it's adequate and obviously is
    part of the cost of Windows and is already installed and running. I'd
    suggest leaving it in place unless you yourself have reason to become
    unhappy with it.

    The Windows built-in firewall is also a perfectly adequate 'software
    firewall'. Again, I'm fussy and feel that this whole class of products has
    some inherent weaknesses, but in terms of protecting you against external
    threats it is every bit as good as every other software firewall out there,
    and again it's free.

    Some software firewall products seem to feel the need to jump up and down
    and tell you about how good they are, don't make the mistake that some do,
    and believe a program that loves to talk about itself and its deeds is
    actually any better than something that is happy to do the same job quietly
    without needing to bother you every 10 minutes to pat it on the head.
     
    Robert Moir, Apr 9, 2007
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  5. Rick Rogers

    CB Guest

    Your modem undoubtably has a hardware firewall incorporated into it. Your
    Windows firewall is a software firewall. Your modem vendor will tell you that
    their hardware firewall is sufficient but it is not. I don't necessarily put
    full trust into the Windows firewall either. I think ZoneAlarm has the best
    firewall in the business but that is neither here nor there. I am using the
    Beta edition at this time until they come out with a fully functional version
    for Vista. I have used Norton Internet Security Suite 2007 and Norton 360 on
    my Vista Ultimate 32 bit with no problems, although I didn't completely trust
    either of their firewalls. You are asking for conflicts if you run Windows
    Defender at the same time as Norton. In any event, Norton's firewall is much
    better than Vista's firewall or your modem's firewall. You should not run
    more than one firewall at the same time or you are asking for more conflicts.
    Check your Security Center and make sure only one software firewall is
    running. You can disable Windows Defender within Windows Defender itself or
    you can go to Task Manager. There is no need to uninstall Windows Defender.
    Besides, you cannot as it is now part of the OS in Vista. If you use Process
    Explorer you can also disable it in that application as well.
     
    CB, Apr 10, 2007
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    Donny Guest

    All this is EXCELLENT advice, and I appreciate it.

    Right now I have Norton's full suite up and running, same for Defender
    and the Windows Firewall, with no conflicts. Speeds seem lightning
    fast, and everything works.

    I think I'll leave it all in place for a while, and do some homework
    based on this great advice. When things start to run out, I will
    deside what's best.

    Thanks again!

    Donny
     
    Donny, Apr 10, 2007
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    CB Guest

     
    CB, Apr 10, 2007
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