basic dumb FW question

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by HURST, Apr 29, 2008.

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  1. HURST

    HURST Registered Member

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    Hi

    I have a total noob question (I've never used a firewall other than windows default).

    I know using more than one software firewall is not good.
    Is windows FW included here? If I would like to use a 3rd party FW, like Comodo or sunbelt, would I have to disable windows built in FW?
     
  2. Makav3l1

    Makav3l1 Registered Member

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    Yes, you would disable it. Most fw programs will disable it during installation.
     
  3. sded

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    You should turn it off, although the Windows firewalls seem to coexist OK. Some others simply hose your system if you use them together. Problem though is that your 3rd party firewall won't be able to control things if there are other firewalls in front of it that evaluate traffic earlier for inbound and later for outbound and block or allow things independently with different rules. Router firewalls, for example, are famous for responding and unstealthing ports when you try to block them with a third party firewall. And opening ports gets to be more interesting if the Windows firewall thinks they should be closed by default.
     
  4. 19monty64

    19monty64 Registered Member

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    A 3rd-party firewall has no control over your router. To open/close ports or stealth through port-forwarding, you need to config the router itself. If you scan your ports, at grc.com for example, you're scanning the stealth of your router not your s/w-firewall...
     
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