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Windows 7: Do I need another Firewall

23 Aug 2010   #1
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Do I need another Firewall

I checked on my Router site and it said I do have a Firewall built in to it. If I downloaded a Security Suite that comes with a Firewall, Will it interfere?




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23 Aug 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Use both firewalls. The router-based firewalls only provide protection from computers on the Internet, not from computers on your home network. For example, if a mobile computer or guest computer connects to some other network, becomes infected with a computer worm, and then connects to your home network, your router-based firewall won't be able to prevent the spread of the worm. However, a firewall running on each computer on your network can help control the spread of worms.


However, running more than one firewall program on your computer at the same time could cause conflicts. It's best to just use one firewall program, in addition to a router-based firewall.
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23 Aug 2010   #3
Nem

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1, Archlinux x86_64. Elementary Luna
 
 

Well with that router firewall all he would need is to use a good Anti-virus along with Windows firewall.
IMO Suites are horrible.
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23 Aug 2010   #4
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nem View Post
Well with that router firewall all he would need is to use a good Anti-virus along with Windows firewall.
IMO Suites are horrible.
Agree on the Suite, but he still needs the router firewall enabled.
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23 Aug 2010   #5
Nem

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1, Archlinux x86_64. Elementary Luna
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nem View Post
Well with that router firewall all he would need is to use a good Anti-virus along with Windows firewall.
IMO Suites are horrible.
Agree on the Suite, but he still needs the router firewall enabled.
That's what i said, no? Win7firewall + router firewall + good anti-virus = some good ol' solid protection.
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23 Aug 2010   #6
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nem View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nem View Post
Well with that router firewall all he would need is to use a good Anti-virus along with Windows firewall.
IMO Suites are horrible.
Agree on the Suite, but he still needs the router firewall enabled.
That's what i said, no? Win7firewall + router firewall + good anti-virus = some good ol' solid protection.
LOL. You did. My eyes are getting tired ...
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23 Aug 2010   #7
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EchoX860 View Post
I checked on my Router site and it said I do have a Firewall built in to it. If I downloaded a Security Suite that comes with a Firewall, Will it interfere?
Hi Echo & welcome,
In answer to your specific question - No ! Everything should run as per normal.

Lemur & Nem have also provided you with good advice re the inbuilt Windows firewall.
Use it as well.

As for Security Suites being good or bad.
That is entirely a matter of personal opinion. A lot of people choose to use them.

Jan.
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24 Aug 2010   #8
EchoX860

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks! My girlfriend has Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, and her brother has ESET Smart Security 4, so I was wondering if either of those would interfere with my Router Firewall.
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24 Aug 2010   #9
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

They won't interfere.
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24 Aug 2010   #10
dranfu

 

No, they won't interfere, and like Lemur mentioned, they complement each other nicely. However, depending on your router, you may have more or less control with the firewall in your PC. For instance, the firewall in my router, while very useful, as it can block traffic at the first point of entry, is just a rudimentary firewall.

My personal firewall, however, is a beast. I can set up complex rules and log all kinds of traffic. So for me, it's a must to have both.
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