Mulitple Firewalls, AV ?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by redbaron_snoopy, May 10, 2004.

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  1. redbaron_snoopy

    redbaron_snoopy Registered Member

    May 10, 2004
    Is it possible, necessary or good to have 2 firewalls on a home PC ?
    I've NIS and I am also *thinking* of using Sygate.

    Likewise for AV, I'll also *thinking* of adding AVG or AVAST!

    Advice appreciated
  2. Detox

    Detox Retired Moderator

    Feb 9, 2002
    Texas, USA
    It is recommended not to use two software firewalls at once on a PC. The conflict/s could be devastating.

    A hardware firewall combined with a software firewall, on the other hand, isn't bad at all.
  3. BlueZannetti

    BlueZannetti Registered Member

    Oct 19, 2003
    As long as you set up the two AVs so that they are not performing the same functions at the same time, you're alright. That means, if you have the real-time monitor of one (Program A) on, the real-time monitor of Program B should be off. If you go this route - just be careful during the install phase since you may come up with a conflicting configuration after install/reboot. First figure out how you'll configure things, install the first program and basically disable it, then install the second one - you'll typically have reboots between installs - after the final install reboot, configure both to your desires.

    You can have two AV's since the granularity of functions (realtime monitor, e-mail scanning, demand or scheduled scanning, etc.) is such that you CAN generally turn-off the overlapping and conflicting functions. You can't do this with software firewalls since they really just have one function which is either there or not.

  4. Dazed_and_Confused

    Dazed_and_Confused Registered Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Detox - True. :D And If your using broadband, having both are a must.
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