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Windows 7: Windows Firewall vs Router Firewall


12 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows Firewall vs Router Firewall

I have just rebuild my computer and have the same perennial question - I am told that having two firewalls running is not twice as good as one - in fact it is less goof than one as the tend to clash. So - any views on whether this is still the case, and if so, whether I should disable the one in my router (Belkin) or the Windows firewall.

On a linked question - Windows Defender or Malwarebytes or both

And finally, if I disable Windows Firewall, and Defender, how do I stop Windows complaining that I am unprotected?


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12 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Hi.

Dont disable windows firewall,its fine and more secure to have both router and windows firewall enable\active.

If you decide to install Microsoft Security Essentials automatically disable Windows Defender because MSE includes antispyware scanner as well.

Windows defender works in the background and never conflicts with other antispyware software.


You can have both malwarebytes and windows defender.


Read this Good and Free system security combination.


To stop windows from alerting you,click start\control panel\Action Center\Change Action Center settings....

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13 Jan 2012   #3
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

jcaswell,
* For your protection it is advisable to have both your Router Firewall & the inbuilt Windows Firewall running.

* Malwarebytes is highly recommended.
Malwarebytes : Download free malware, virus and spyware tools to get your computer back in shape!

* Would suggest you consider using SpywareBlaster in lieu of Defender.
SpywareBlaster® | Prevent spyware and malware. Free download.

* BTW What Anti Virus program are you using?
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13 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

All

Thank you for your response. I should have said - I use Avast! (the free version) as my Anti-Virus. In summary:

Firewall: Windows Firewall AND Router Firewall
Anti Virus: Avast! (I have used that for some years, and have found that it is effective and seems not to take a lot of resources)
Anti Spyware: Malwarebytes, I used to use Spybot, but thought I would change with my new computer. My practice is to use one programme resident, and run a second every month or so to mop up any gaps the other may have left.

I used to use MS Security Essentials, but found it very heavy on resources, especially at boot-up, and so binned it in favout of Avast!

Does that all seem sensible?
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13 Jan 2012   #5

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

To be perfectly honest, the system you described above is perfect and quite sensible - you have it all covered.

Don't forget to keep Adobe Reader and FlashPlayer, and Java, updated if you use them. You can use this to help:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...inspector.html

Regards,
Golden
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13 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Malwarebytes is between the most best\reliable Anti Spywares.
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13 Jan 2012   #7
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jcaswell View Post
All

Thank you for your response. I should have said - I use Avast! (the free version) as my Anti-Virus. In summary:

Firewall: Windows Firewall AND Router Firewall
Anti Virus: Avast! (I have used that for some years, and have found that it is effective and seems not to take a lot of resources)
Anti Spyware: Malwarebytes, I used to use Spybot, but thought I would change with my new computer. My practice is to use one programme resident, and run a second every month or so to mop up any gaps the other may have left.

I used to use MS Security Essentials, but found it very heavy on resources, especially at boot-up, and so binned it in favout of Avast!

Does that all seem sensible?

Yes it does!


Please also remember the value of System Restore & Back ups.

See our Tutorial section for those & many more helpful hints.

Safe surfing.

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