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Where is the Windows Firewall??

by what_now3 / February 24, 2005 8:33 AM PST

I have a Compaq Presario 2104US with Windows XP Home edition. My last Windows was 3.1 and it came with a manual. I do much better flipping pages than using the little box of "help" online. I am trying to get updates but the system tells me to log onto the internet and try again. Trouble is the "remote access" says I am online and the clock is ticking. I am guessing there's a conflict of the internet security apps.

If I had the time, I would get a book and hope it was a "good" book (not just a throw-it-out-for-the-buck "book") that would cover my question.

I want to alternately test shutting down the vendor installed Windows Firewall and the Norton and the ZoneAlarmPro 4. I think the Windows and Norton must be on by default and are in conflict with ZoneAlarm. I have clicked down several rabbit holes and keep losing the trail.

Please anyone know the 1-2-3 menus to Window's Firewall. I found the listing for the Norton trial-copy, even the ZoneaAlarm under "Start"/"MyPrograms" but not finding what I expect to see as the "Explorer" index. My mind set is not seeing/understanding the layout.

I'll keep playing but now testing the idea of making this the new doorstop.

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It's a big jump from 3.1 to XP....
by Michael Geist / February 24, 2005 8:44 AM PST

but your firewall is over in Control Panel via Settings via the Start button.

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Try this
by Steven Haninger / February 24, 2005 8:45 AM PST

Go to Run/Help and Support. In the search box, type "firewall" (without quotes). It will give you a lot of other links to information about the Windows firewall including how to turn it on and off. It's also in hypertext and will route you directly to where you need to go.

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Thanks Michael and Steven, sorry a "little" slow
by what_now3 / April 29, 2005 3:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this

didn't seen the emails. I'm still dancing as fast as I can. Still paranoid back on a PC instead of Mac.

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Windows XP firewall location
by Rich G. / April 29, 2005 7:17 AM PDT

Open the RUN box and type in 'control panel', then open Network Connections. Right click on the Connection of your choice and choose Properties. The Windows XP firewall settings can be reached through the Advanced tab.
Also, a service that is necessary to be running so that the firewall becomes operational is the ICF/ICS service. You can view the state of this service by typing 'services.msc' in the RUN box and hitting Enter. Scroll down until you see this service, which can be disabled if you are not sharing an internet connection, through your computer, or using the firewall. Open up the properties of the service and choose to disable it at startup or set it to manual if want to reserve the ability to turn it on yourself.

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