Eset Smart Security .. disable Windows 7 Firewall?

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  1. utas

    utas Registered Member

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    Hi All, two (hopefully) quick clarifications sought.

    Context: In the past few days I have done a clean re-install of my pc, installing Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate) and Eset Smart Security v4 x64 (Firewall set to Automatic with Exceptions). I have set the type of networks within Eset Smart Security under Change the protection mode of your computer in the network.

    ONE?
    I noticed that the Windows 7 firewall was still active and have thus disabled it as it was my understanding that running multiple software firewalls was not a good idea. Should you disable your windows 7 firewall if running eset smart security 4 with the firewall enabled?

    TWO?
    Also within the windows 7 network and sharing center .. does the location for my LAN make any difference? (ie Home, Work or Public Network) .. I have it set to Public Network for all interfaces to be sure.
     
  2. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

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    If you want to save yourself a whole load of headaches in the future, I'd recommend you use ESET Anti Virus and stick to the Windows 7 firewall.

    @One: You should not have 2 firewalls running.

    @Two: If you don't plan on doing any sharing, Public is always the safest (most restrictive) setting.
     
  3. rothko

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    i'd also like to know, ideally from an eset rep, whether disabling the windows 7 firewall is recommended if using Smart Security.

    Or does the Windows Firewall not count as 'another firewall', in the same way that Windows Defender probably doesn't count as having 2 anti-malware programs running?

    thanks
     
  4. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

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    Yes it DOES count as another firewall, it IS a firewall. You're thinking of it as some kind of basic extra layer which it is not, it's a full fledged firewall.
     
  5. rothko

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    so I'd be interested to find out what is recommended by eset - leave it on or turn it off.
     
  6. trjam

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    FunkyDude is right, turn it off. Running 2 firewalls can be as bad as running 2 AVs. I also agree that I would run Esets AV and Windows 7 firewall.
     
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