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Is Windows Firewall Good Enough?

by m8g8 / September 15, 2007 3:54 AM PDT

I have a Netgear router, which apparantly has a firewall, and Windows firewall is enabled.

I'll probably buy online in the future, but I don't have a business or any thing like that, which could be at risk.

I don't have anti virus software either. Would you say it is necessary? I don't look at porn and try my best to avoide sites which have laods of popups etc...

The closes thing to anti virus software I have is Webroot Spysweeper.

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by eddie11013 / September 15, 2007 4:19 AM PDT

The general consensus that I have seen on this forum is that you need an anti-virus program, have a look here for some options: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=238606&messageID=2435089#2435089
In addition, I have noticed that if your behind a router that is already a step ahead, so windows firewall should be good enough, especially based on what you stated. If you look at some of the other posts in that above link section, you will also see recommendations for other programs, like on-line scans, firewalls, etc.
Good luck

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by dawillie / September 15, 2007 5:14 AM PDT

Combo is good, but definitely need an AV and also Windows Bit Defender to scan daily for anything you may have unknowingly picked up.

Eddies link which I have not read seems to be the way to go.

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If you are using XP
by JonathanCase / September 15, 2007 11:17 AM PDT

then the windows firewall blocks inbound only. And its perfectly good at that. But for important stuff like credit card info, I'd definitely (and do) use one that blocks outbound as well. Reason: If you get a malware - more likely without antivirus - and it starts to send info home to the bad guys, you have no way of knowing or blocking it. The wireless router is a good security measure, but I wouldn't rely on it to stop some of the exploits around. Some of them you don't even have to click on a link, if your software isn't up to date, they can and will exploit a vulnerability. Do get an AV, consider a two way firewall (I use Comodo) and to check all your installed software is up to date, I've found the Secunia software inspector useful.http://secunia.com/software_inspector
If Spysweeper is resident, that will help with some malware prevention a lot.

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by link48010 / September 15, 2007 12:45 PM PDT

You will get a virus, bad sites or not. Windows can get a virus in 4 minutes on the web if it doesn't have an antivirus. Good freebies are Avast Personal, Avira personal, or AVG free. And don't pay for a firewall either when you can get ZoneAlarm for free. here are my fav firewalls 1 is my fav.
1. ZoneAlarm free
2. Comodo Pro free
3. Sygate Personal
4. PC tools firewall free (isn't very powerful but easy to use)

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