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Windows 7: Do I need an additional firewall?

26 Jul 2009   #1
Salatino

Windows 7 RC1
 
 
Do I need an additional firewall?

Hi all,

Currently I'm using Comodo Internet Security as a firewall and I'm planning to build a home network using Windows 7 Homegroup and thought that Comodo might be an obstacle in doing that.

So my question is, as a normal home user of Windows 7, do I really need a 3rd party firewall other than Windows 7's firewall?


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26 Jul 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Salatino View Post
Hi all,

Currently I'm using Comodo Internet Security as a firewall and I'm planning to build a home network using Windows 7 Homegroup and thought that Comodo might be an obstacle in doing that.

So my question is, as a normal home user of Windows 7, do I really need a 3rd party firewall other than Windows 7's firewall?
Hope this helps

Ken

Yes. I dont know what your setup is but you should have a NAT router and software firewalls on all computers. I dont know comodo's product, so I cant comment but I like eset smart security because it is both a real time antifvfirus/malware and a firewall.
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26 Jul 2009   #3
Quill

Clients: XP/Win7/ubuntu
 
 

Hi Salatino.

There should be no issue using CIS as your security program. If you need any advice, head over to the forums. Comodo Internet Security - CIS (Firewall, AV and Defense+)
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26 Jul 2009   #4
Pano

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Salatino View Post
Hi all,

Currently I'm using Comodo Internet Security as a firewall and I'm planning to build a home network using Windows 7 Homegroup and thought that Comodo might be an obstacle in doing that.

So my question is, as a normal home user of Windows 7, do I really need a 3rd party firewall other than Windows 7's firewall?
If you are behind a Router with NAT and Win 7 firewall then you don't need 3rd party firewall except you want to monitor outbound traffic and no NAT.

I use Comodo firewall to monitor outbound traffic and use MS Anti virus.

If you know what you are doing Comodo might not be an obstacle at all.
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28 Jul 2009   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Please read this tutorial about "Understanding Firewalls".
Understanding and Using Firewalls

Lawrence Abrams is an MS - Consumer Security - MVP
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28 Jul 2009   #6
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 

Well I can tell you what. The windows firewall can work just fine for most users. However I decided that instead of having two decent packages Avast Professional and Zone Alarm or Comodo installed I would buy one package thats the best at both Antivirus, SPyware, and Firewall today and that happens to be ESET Smart Security.

One vendor two Fantastic apps.

Need to thank Zig Zag on the recommendation working out great on RTM x64
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29 Jul 2009   #7
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

I use Eset AV (love it) and Comodo CIS just for the firewall. They work quite well together. I like the way Comodo Firewall gives me easy control over outbound traffic (which is very important to me for various reasons) and it stealths everything quite well as far as I can tell from using security testing sites. Also it works well with Utorrent.

I might try Eset Smart Security some time soon as I would love to use one integrated product. But I'm just so comfortable with configuring and using Comodo and I have no real reason to make the switch atm. Also I am just not sure whether Eset's Firewall is quite as good as Comodo is at this point in time, although it might be. I just don't know. Need to try it out some time I guess.
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01 Aug 2009   #8
Bloop

 

Im using comodo right now but im planning on buying zone alarm as it has quite good reviews,i don't mind that it's more of a memory hog really.Just ordered a cheapish hardware firewall couple of days ago for 80 aswell.Im getting a bit paranoid these days i guess.I don't think you should use windows firewall,but it all depends with what you are happy with and gives you peace of mind at the end of the day.I remember seeing a small free little tool that lets you control outbound connections for windows firewall if i remember right.
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01 Aug 2009   #9
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pano View Post
If you are behind a Router with NAT and Win 7 firewall then you don't need 3rd party firewall except you want to monitor outbound traffic and no NAT.

I use Comodo firewall to monitor outbound traffic and use MS Anti virus.

If you know what you are doing Comodo might not be an obstacle at all.
Ditto....

A NAT enabled router + Win 7 Firewall + Good Anti-Virus will take care of most people.

If you want to block/control outbound traffic you will a 3rd party firewall.

Some additional security tools might include Spyware Blaster and Spybot Search & Destroy which provide some passive protection protocols.
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02 Aug 2009   #10
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bloop View Post
Im using comodo right now but im planning on buying zone alarm as it has quite good reviews,i don't mind that it's more of a memory hog really.Just ordered a cheapish hardware firewall couple of days ago for 80 aswell.Im getting a bit paranoid these days i guess.I don't think you should use windows firewall,but it all depends with what you are happy with and gives you peace of mind at the end of the day.I remember seeing a small free little tool that lets you control outbound connections for windows firewall if i remember right.
Just keep in mind that Zone Alarm doesn't work with Vista x64 and I assume it won't work with W7 x64. So if you currently use or are planning in the future on using an x64 system, Zone Alarm is not a good choice.
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