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Windows 7: Is it safe to disable Win7 firewall ?

02 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Starter
 
 
Is it safe to disable Win7 firewall ?

Hi

I've had many woes with my Logitech Duet network music system - lots of "no IP address" and "no valid DHCP.." messages.

This was using the SqueezeServer software music server on my Win 7 netbook.

I disabled Win 7 Firewall & AVG.

This seemed to cure the issue (even after AVG had reenabled itself).

Is it safe for me to leave the Firewall off ? Won't the modem/router hardware firewall be adequate ?


thanks

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02 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

If you have a hardware firewall then it is ok.
You could also just configure win firewall to allow
your program.

Jimmy
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03 Dec 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

I would replace AVG bloatware with the preferred freeware Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast 6 with the Windows 7 firewall.
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03 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swayzak View Post
Hi

I've had many woes with my Logitech Duet network music system - lots of "no IP address" and "no valid DHCP.." messages.

This was using the SqueezeServer software music server on my Win 7 netbook.

I disabled Win 7 Firewall & AVG.

This seemed to cure the issue (even after AVG had reenabled itself).

Is it safe for me to leave the Firewall off ? Won't the modem/router hardware firewall be adequate ?


thanks
Why don't you configure it with a fixed IP and then allow that IP through the firewall.
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03 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, swayak.

In the event a backdoor trojan gets on your computer (particularly if you are in the practice of disabling your A/V), your modem/router will not provide protection from outbound threats -- reaching out to its servers and sending goodies home as well as downloading more of its friends.

Also, if your computer is on a home network and another computer in the household gets infected with a worm, the software firewall should protect your computer by detecting and blocking the unauthorized network connection.
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