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window firewall vs. zone alarm

by bklynrickel / April 11, 2006 11:25 AM PDT

got new laptop with windows firewall. i have not been a service pack 2 user, so i dont know about windows firewall.

i have basic zone alarm installed on my desktop without any troubles to date.

is windows firewall good, or is zone alarm the best choice?

also, i want to remove my commercially provide virus software and install avast on the laptop. any tips about removing norton security. it doesnt have an uninstall option. i will have to use add/remove. anything else to be aware of with removing it?

thanks

richard

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Advice...
by John.Wilkinson / April 11, 2006 11:48 AM PDT

The Windows firewall is only a one-way shield...it only filters what's incoming. Some feel that's acceptable, but it's something I won't settle for, since it's completely ignoring out-going communications. Thus, if you get a virus and it tries to 'phone home' (likely with information you don't want to share), Windows Firewall won't pay any attention. It's like having a security guard at your house that'll watch for anyone breaking in, but wish the burglar a good night if he decides to walk out the front gate with a bag full of valuables. Thus, I'd stick with ZoneAlarm...it's what you already know and offers better protection.

As to switching AV, Norton does have the standard uninstall option through Add/Remove in the Control Panel. After it's finished, restart your computer and clean out any Symantec/Norton files/folders left behind. (Check C:\Program Files, C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data, etc for files frequently left behind.) There are also complaints of the uninstaller not working, which are not that uncommon. (I've had problems with it, including the Corporate edition, in the past myself.) How to deal with that depends on the exact package and version of Norton you're running, so if you have a problem just post back with that info.

Hope this helps,
John

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john, hp says ...
by bklynrickel / April 14, 2006 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Advice...

i cant uninstall windows firewall. can i still add zone alarm or will they conflict?

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(NT) (NT) Just don't run both simultaneously
by tomron / April 14, 2006 11:19 AM PDT
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Disable Windows Firewall...
by John.Wilkinson / April 14, 2006 12:09 PM PDT
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Windows Firewall is a part of Windows now and can't just be uninstalled like the average program. However, that's not a problem. When ZoneAlarm is installed you should be prompted to disable the Windows Firewall...do so. If you're not prompted, you can turn it off manually...go Start->Control Panel->Security Center, click on Windows Firewall under "manage security settings for," and select Off. Either way, no worries.

Hope this helps,
John

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ZA Should Disable XP's Firewall Automatically...But..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 14, 2006 1:02 PM PDT
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...you'll still want to check in the Control Panel/Windows Firewall.

Hope this helps, too.

Grif

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(NT) (NT) done!
by bklynrickel / April 16, 2006 9:26 AM PDT
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