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mcafee and netgear firewalls

by bingodl / August 15, 2007 4:03 PM PDT

I'm confused. I have McAfee personal firewall on desktop and laptop. I'm using NETGEAR router to create wireless network. Each product seems to want me to disable the other's firewall, saying there should be only one.
If I disable McAfee in desktop computer, then I am not protected when I'm using wired connection to internet.

I guess I could disable firewall in router and let McAfee in desktop and laptop handle things, but everyone says the router firewall is better.
Not sure which way to go.

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What I did was
by PudgyOne / August 15, 2007 6:51 PM PDT

I disconnected the Netgear firewall.

I use Zone Alarm for my firewall and the children use Windows firewall.

I pass the Shields up test.


***Remember only use one firewall. Using more than one firewall causes conflicts.

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mcafee can be a pain
by sasupp / August 18, 2007 12:01 PM PDT

If you have windows vista I would recomend using their firewall. I have had and seen a lot of problems with mcafee firewalls. But regardless you should use your netgear firewall and just use a strong antivirus and spyware removal tool and keep them up to date (Trendmicro is the best I've used for antivirus).

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it's the firewall
by bingodl / August 20, 2007 1:47 PM PDT
In reply to: mcafee can be a pain

Turning off the McAfee firewalls on both computers fixed the problem. Now I have to figure out which firewall to keep. When I take the laptop on the road and use it at a hot spot, I don't see how the router firewall will protect me. Thus it seems smarter to have the firewall in the computer. At present, I'm having trouble getting a straight answer on how to disable the router's firewall. And it is not in the documentation. Each company says there's is better, yet noone provides a comparison. Confusing !!

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Mine is found under
by PudgyOne / August 20, 2007 4:26 PM PDT
In reply to: it's the firewall

WAN setup

disable the SPI firewall


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found it
by bingodl / August 21, 2007 1:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Mine is found under

Thanks. I found it. It also seems to help if I go into McAfee and add the IP range to the trusted sites list.

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