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Offline Bill

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Windows 7 Firewall ?
« on: Jan 02, 2010, 08:19 AM »
Anyone having a second thoughts about this?  I have gone back to MS Essentials and scrapped AVG Free.  This time around it didn't change any Windows settings as it had with the first install.

I am considering scrapping ZA in my Win 7 install for the sake of simplicity.

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Re: Windows 7 Firewall ?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 02, 2010, 10:04 AM »
I no long use a 3rd party software firewall in any of my systems or new builds. I simply use Windows 7's built-in firewall along with the following free offerings:

MS Security Essentials
ThreatFire (I set this to auto update & I disable the 'notices' section)
SpywareBlaster

For hardware, I use my Linksys router as an added barrier.

The combined efforts above have worked well for me. I see no reason to install a 3rd party software firewall, nor have I had a reason to install additional malware protection.
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Re: Windows 7 Firewall ?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 02, 2010, 10:31 AM »
Thanks, I had not heard of ThreatFire but seems a good concept. Behavioral diagnosis makes a lot of sense.

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Re: Windows 7 Firewall ?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 02, 2010, 11:04 AM »
Have stopped using third party firewalls too.  Just use Windows 7 firewall with MS SE and have no problems.
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Re: Windows 7 Firewall ?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 02, 2010, 02:20 PM »
As an FYI, I like ThreatFire and it works silently in the background.

However, on first scan it found a couple "malicious cookies" and recommended that I upgrade to the paid version to fix the problem. One of the cookies was to newegg.com and the other to a typical ad agency. Hmmm.

After doing the initial scan and setting the parameters to my liking, I have not received any pesky pop-ups, etc. In all, I still recommend the product.
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