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Windows 7: Are firewalls really needed?

10 Oct 2010   #81
hello people

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jav View Post
It depends on, how far are you willing to go.
So, how much security do you desire?
Are you ok with inbound only control?
Do you want to block all inbound connections or do you need some exceptions?
Or do you need full-blown outbound control?

So, you have to choose your own balance of convenience and security. And we will support you on achieving it
Well I think I would like some pretty stringent control over it...inbound and outbound. I just noticed that there are at least 10 Hewlett Packard entries to be found in my firewall. I don't like the idea of my $80 beater printer communicating with the internet for any reason at all. That's just for starters. When I'm back at my home PC I'll be able to make more in depth comments.

Anyway...thanks I'll be back


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10 Oct 2010   #82
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Please come back. You have a concern that many of us have. We do not want to have are computers talking back and fourth with out our permission. I have very good luck using built in Windows 7 firewall set a default and monitoring msconfig. Nothing in my computer checks for updates on auto and installs them. If you do it this way you will have to watch things yourself to make sure your programs security updates are done. It is extra work but it is safer in my opinion. Why would any body let there printer gab on the internet with out permission. You have concerns that many of us do. Take care and please come back.
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11 Oct 2010   #83
hello people

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok well...here's a start...in this pic I can see that there are many 'hp' entries in the inbound firewall settings...



So...is that a problem...they are inbound...does that mean Hewlett Packard are talking to my computer?

One more thing...I just set my firewall to 'block' all outgoing things...in doing this have shot myself in the foot in any way?

thanks
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11 Oct 2010   #84
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

I think most of those are from the HP software installed on your computer, not particularly your printer. Remember, HP tends to throw on a bunch of stuff, one of which is for your printer for management, but it also throws other miscellaneous stuff on there it thinks you want or need, but in all honesty, it is just fluff.

Now all that software... It is going to go to HP asking if there is an update to the software. I think even one of the management software is also looking to see if there are new drivers for the printer as well, which is why you are seeing so many things going out to HP.
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11 Oct 2010   #85
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hello people View Post
Ok well...here's a start...in this pic I can see that there are many 'hp' entries in the inbound firewall settings...



So...is that a problem...they are inbound...does that mean Hewlett Packard are talking to my computer?

One more thing...I just set my firewall to 'block' all outgoing things...in doing this have shot myself in the foot in any way?

thanks

Ahhhhh, Yeah I would remove all the HP exceptions in the firewall! I hate that HP does that.
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11 Oct 2010   #86
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I was wondering if Windows Firewall detects and reports these daily system32\rundll32.exe outbound connection attempts in Win 7 which I have been able to block with the Comodo Firewall...



Also, does the Windows Firewall have a 'Stealth Ports Mode'?



~Maxx~
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11 Oct 2010   #87
hello people

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

What's the best way to remove them? (without at this stage using a 3rd party firewall)

thanks
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11 Oct 2010   #88
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

There is an addon to Windows Firewall that makes it easy to block outgoing. I have forgotten the name of it. I will try to find it.
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11 Oct 2010   #89
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hello people View Post
What's the best way to remove them? (without at this stage using a 3rd party firewall)

thanks
I didn't even know that these information gathering activities were going on in Win 7 until the Comodo Firewall informed me that they were. The question remains if MS wants you to be able to use their Windows Firewall to block their own information gathering efforts or not?

~Maxx~
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11 Oct 2010   #90
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
There is an addon to Windows Firewall that makes it easy to block outgoing. I have forgotten the name of it. I will try to find it.
I hope that you locate it. A program with those capabilities would make it a lot easier for people to protect their privacy while using Windows Firewall!

~Maxx~
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