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davey 04-17-2006 03:23 PM

Is windows xp default firewall good enough?
I would like to know that windows xp default firewall is any good or do I need to buy other firewall to protect my pc, presently I have mcafee antivirus, they are recommending me to buy mcafee personal firewall.

Sami 04-18-2006 01:02 AM

I personally don't like windows default firewall, there are couple of free firewalls which are very good, one of them is ZoneAlarm free edition you can give it a try.

jbm125 05-27-2006 06:29 AM

Windows Firewall
When I try to turn on my Windows Firewall I get the message "Windows Firewall is not running because the associated service is not running. Do you want to start the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection sharing service?" When I say yes I get a message "Windows cannot start Windows Firewall/Internet Sharing service"
That's it. No options. No referral to how to start it?
Does anyone have a clue? Thanks for your time and attention.

Firefox 05-27-2006 01:34 PM

If I were you I wouldn't use the XP firewall at all, as it is quite resource heavy and blocks alot of genuine site connections. Get a copy of Sygate Personal Firewall or a free one from

devildog 05-28-2006 06:29 PM

Sami and Firefox are Right.....
You should get ZoneAlarm Free Firewall or Sygate, either one is a good choice, also using Windows XP Built in Firewall is not that great, plus it only blocks inbound, while the others can block both directions ( In and Out ). But like Antivirus Software, Use only One Active Firewall at a time. Good Luck. Devildog

Boardwalker 04-10-2007 02:16 PM

How does one get rid of windows xp firewall??

Sami 04-10-2007 03:41 PM

Disable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2
To Disable Windows Firewall in Windows XP SP2

1. Click Start, click Run, type Firewall.cpl and then click OK.
2. On the General tab, click Off (not recommended), and then click OK.

For more info visit: How to turn on or turn off the firewall in Windows XP

troyx 04-10-2007 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by Boardwalker (Post 6091)
How does one get rid of windows xp firewall??

To start off click start=====>run in the box type services.msc scroll
down to where it displays "Windows Firewall/Internet Connection
Sharing (ICS)" when highlighted right click and select "properties"
in the dropdown menu where it says "startup type" left click and
select "disabled" click ok and while still in the services window and
having the firewall highlighted click in blue letters Stop; Note: You
may get a error do not worry this is completely normal.

Now feel free
to exit the services window (your finally done with that) now the last
step. Click Start====>Run and in the box type cmd a black window
should pop up. Now simply type sc delete Windows Firewall/Internet
Connection Sharing (ICS) Note: you may get an error again, don't fear
this is also normal.

Boardwalker 04-10-2007 03:52 PM

Thanks Sami,
I know how to disable it but believe me it's not gone.
I want to get rid of the Crap! I'm also running Norton and I believe the two are conflicting, maybe even conspiring LOL.
This computer I'm running is a babe! but I'm thinking of buying another because of this silly problem.

Certainly learning a lot from your site!
Keep up the good work:icon_wink:

Sami 04-10-2007 04:17 PM

If I were you, I would uninstall norton firewall, disable windows firewall
Check every thing is working fine, and then install free version of ZoneAlarm firewall.

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