Firewall



pobo35
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
I recently bought a new computer with WinXP Home. It has a windows firewall -
the standard one w Win XP. I own a recent Norton Personal Firewall. Would
this give me better security than the installed version. If so; how do I
install it? Do I remove the installed version first and how to do it? Thanks.

Malke
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
pobo35 wrote:

> I recently bought a new computer with WinXP Home. It has a windows
> firewall - the standard one w Win XP. I own a recent Norton Personal
> Firewall. Would this give me better security than the installed
> version. If so; how do I install it? Do I remove the installed version
> first and how to do it? Thanks.

The Norton Firewall is better because it does both inbound and outbound
firewalling. The XP firewall only protects from outside intrusions.
When you install the Norton Firewall, I believe it will disable the XP
firewall for you. You don't need to uninstall anything first. To check
on the status of the XP firewall, go to its Control Panel applet.

Malke
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MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
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"Don't Panic"

Crouchie1998
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
I know someone running both firewalls together as you mentioned without any
problems. I agree that the Symantec one iis better, but I recently (last few
days) found a problem that wasn't listed, & of course I provided a solution
to Symantec.

If administered correctly then you should be a lot safer.

Crouchie1998
BA (HONS) MCP MCSE

Malke
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Crouchie1998 wrote:

> I know someone running both firewalls together as you mentioned
> without any problems. I agree that the Symantec one iis better, but I
> recently (last few days) found a problem that wasn't listed, & of
> course I provided a solution to Symantec.
>
> If administered correctly then you should be a lot safer.
>
> Crouchie1998
> BA (HONS) MCP MCSE

Best practice is to not run two firewalls. If you didn't have problems,
then you were lucky. What does "(HONS)" stand for?

Malke
--
MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic"

Jack
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Just install Norton Firewall (if you want it that badly) and that'll do.
Norton Firewall and Windows XP firewall run together without any problems.
However, if I were you and the store that you bought it from (if you did
instead of getting a pirated copy) I would take it back. Windows XP has a
nice little IPSec service (very similar to iptables/ipchains on *nix).

Here's a short overview of what you do...
-------------------------
Step 1: Start -> Run -> [Type "mmc" in combo-box] -> OK
Step 1.1: File -> Add/Remove snap-ins
Step 1.1.1: -> Add -> IP Security Policy Management -> Add -> Finish
Step 1.1.2: -> Add -> Services -> Add -> Finish
Step 1.1.3: -> Close
Step 1.2: -> Ok

Step 2: [Browse through services and disable or set to manual those that you
can and do not need (make sure you read descriptions) or may need to be
started in rare cases by Windows or yourself. Its a good idea to stop them
right away to save your box resources. While at it, tell IPSec service to
automatically start up and start it while at it.]

Step 3: Start -> Run -> [Type "cmd" in combo-box] -> OK
Step 4: [Type "netstat /a /n" in Command Prompt window. Keep it open for
using output later.]

Step 5: [Navigate to IPSec Policy Management in Microsoft Management
Console. From here on its too much writting for me so you should go through
the help files. The idea is to deny inbound and outbound traffic to and from
the internet to ports with LISTENING state.]

Step 6: [Set ruleset or whatever it was called as the one to use.]

Step 7: [Your firewall is up. Enjoy!]
-------------------------

This just goes to show you that you do not need to piss away money and have
your box piss away CPU time and memory on more useless/crappy products (you
can save even more by switching to BSD or Linux but since you already
bothered paying for Windows you may as well use it).

Jack
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
Correction:
"... a pirated copy) I would take it back ..."
is
"... a pirated copy) will take it [Norton Firewall] back, I would take it
back ..."


Sorry for me halfassed English skills.

Srikrishna Komatineni
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
yes. It does disables the XP firewall..But I have some problem using these
two products together...n finally end up using ZA & Windoes Inbuilt...


"pobo35" <pobo35@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:FDC87E6D-B361-43EA-B263-A5EA2B318FE2@microsoft.com...
>I recently bought a new computer with WinXP Home. It has a windows
>firewall -
> the standard one w Win XP. I own a recent Norton Personal Firewall. Would
> this give me better security than the installed version. If so; how do I
> install it? Do I remove the installed version first and how to do it?
> Thanks.


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