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Windows 7: Is the W7 default firewall enough?

16 Jul 2010   #1
kmint

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is the W7 default firewall enough?

Hi, I am really tired of the firewalls. I have been using them for years. Zone Alarm, NOD32, PC Tools...

And I was wondering if the default firewall of W7 would be enough. I dont even know what firewalls are really for very well. I just did it because people tell you to have one.

So I was thinking that maybe the last Firewall in W7 had improved and was now considered good enough, just like everything in W7 has become much much better.

I get really tired of the firewalls, it's a irritating, and since Windows firewall doesnt ask you too much I would prefer to use it.

I also have Microsoft Security Essentials as antivirus, from which I read it is fantastic. I never seem to have an undetected virus. It catches the few that want to enter via web. I run other online ones from time to time and I am always clean.

I would appreciate your comments.

Thank you.


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16 Jul 2010   #2
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

You can read something about it here:

Security in Windows 7: Firewall and Networking | PCMag.com
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16 Jul 2010   #3
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, kmint.

Personally, I have been very happy with the combination of the Windows 7 Firewall and MSE. I am also behind a router.

Considering your "history" of apparent safe surfing, I think you will be happy with the Windows 7 Firewall also.
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16 Jul 2010   #4
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Hi, kmint.

Personally, I have been very happy with the combination of the Windows 7 Firewall and MSE. I am also behind a router.

Considering your "history" of apparent safe surfing, I think you will be happy with the Windows 7 Firewall also.
I concur. Unless you are installing piles of illegal software and visiting the worst websites imaginable then the standard Windows Firewall will be all that you need.
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16 Jul 2010   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kmint View Post
Hi, I am really tired of the firewalls. I have been using them for years. Zone Alarm, NOD32, PC Tools...

And I was wondering if the default firewall of W7 would be enough. I dont even know what firewalls are really for very well. I just did it because people tell you to have one.

So I was thinking that maybe the last Firewall in W7 had improved and was now considered good enough, just like everything in W7 has become much much better.

I get really tired of the firewalls, it's a irritating, and since Windows firewall doesnt ask you too much I would prefer to use it.

I also have Microsoft Security Essentials as antivirus, from which I read it is fantastic. I never seem to have an undetected virus. It catches the few that want to enter via web. I run other online ones from time to time and I am always clean.

I would appreciate your comments.

Thank you.
kmint,

If you surf safely the Win 7 firewall should be adequate.
Should your modem / router have a firewall - even better.

Jan.
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17 Jul 2010   #6
kmint

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you very much for your replies.

But what is the difference then between the firewall and the antivirus? And why do people (including myself) bother then with those annoying firewalls that ask you all the time if you trust every connection that you don't even know if it good or bad?

Has the Windows firewall got better then and is it more acknowledged by the experts?

Thanks.
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17 Jul 2010   #7
Harvey Meale

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, BackTrack 4, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kmint View Post
Thank you very much for your replies.

But what is the difference then between the firewall and the antivirus? And why do people (including myself) bother then with those annoying firewalls that ask you all the time if you trust every connection that you don't even know if it good or bad?

Has the Windows firewall got better then and is it more acknowledged by the experts?

Thanks.
Hi, kmint.

Great questions!

The difference between a firewall and an antivirus is that an antivirus is primarily a scanning utility. Yes, a lot of them have real-time protection capabilities, but it is not always their soul purpose. A firewall is designed to filter traffic, whereas an antivirus is there to intercept malicious files. Firewalls intercept connections and packets, rather than files (though nowadays, they'll intercept most malicious files as well).

You mentioned the hassle of dealing with the firewalls that point out every non-secure connection. I agree, they are often annoying. The good news is, you can customize your security levels to suit your likings. I believe you're referring to Comodo here.

To address your final question, the Windows Firewall has improved, though it still isn't considered to be as effective as the industry leaders (Comodo, Outpost, etc). As mentioned above, it all depends on what you do whilst online, and what you're likely to encounter.

If you're doing nothing more than browsing through web pages, then your security configuration should be kept to a minimum. If you're someone who blows fifty gigabytes on music and videos every month, then you may like to consider upping your security.

Thanks,
Harvey Meale
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17 Jul 2010   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

I have used Windows 7 built in firewall from the OEM install. My Intel dealer who builds system for government, business, and personal has the Windows 7 firewall on. He has no bad reports from any of his customers and they use the built in firewall. Microsoft Security Essentials has been reported by many on this site and sites like this one as being very good. If you Google (MSE reviews) you can read and make your decision.
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17 Jul 2010   #9
kmint

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you very much again. Very informative.
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17 Jul 2010   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Your welcome kmint. Let us know what you decide to use.
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