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Windows 7: Firewall slowdown


07 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Firewall slowdown

Hello,
As I stated in a previous post, I am using Windows firewall and have uninstalled third party ( Online Armor) firewall. Now my download speeds are slower on my bandwidth tests. Is this normal? I'm guessing that the Windows firewall enabled something that has slowed me down. Any ideas on this one? Thanks,
John


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07 Jun 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Edit .... look in Services to see if anything from Online Armor might not have been uninstalled, and is still running.
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07 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Couldn't find anything in services related to Online Armor. I noticed that teredo tunneling pseudo-interface in device manager has the yellow ! It says this device cannot start (code 10) Any idea what that means?
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07 Jun 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Here's another discussion ... see if this might be your problem
Teredo Tunneling
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07 Jun 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Also, in this page, it tells how to completely uninstall Online Armor
How to Uninstall Online Armor - Online Armor forums
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07 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks,
I did have ZA free installed. I unistalled it and it was a pain. Don't know what to look for now
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07 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Is your machine sitting behind a router? If it is, you probably do not need to be running a software firewall at all. I'd suggest turning it off altogether if this is the case and it's affecting your bandwidth. Try your test both with it on and off. If it does make a difference you're probably safe leaving it off, at-least when behind your router. In Windows 7 you can configure the firewall to be on or off depending on whether you're home or on a public network.

-Max ;-)
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07 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks, I'm behind a router. Uninstalled software firewall. Windows firewall on or off doesn't make a difference. You should know that one of the firewalls I tried was Zone Alarm free. What a pain to get rid of. I think that's part of my problem.
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07 Jun 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

ZoneAlarm Removal Tool: Click here > http://download.zonealarm.com/bin/fr...cpes_clean.exeSave to desktop, right click and "run as administrator"This tool will remove all ZoneAlarm products from your system.
(Direct download)
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07 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Zone Alarm BREAKS Windows 7.... just to warn you and anyone else who comes across this, I have always used Zone Alarm, well for about 5 years since i learnt what a firewall was... but it doesn't like Windows 7, My Zone Alarm Security Suite ripped up my file system once a week and forced a reinstall, I didnt even realise it was doing it, I thought my HDD was failing, until i uninstalled it because i noticed it wasnt stealthing the ports properly, suddenly the BSOD's all stopped.

In summary, Zone Alarm + Windows 7 = DIE!
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