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Q: firewall locks out other computers

i'm running windows xp, networking 3 computers, when i enable the firewall on the main computer it blocks the other 2 computers from getting on the net. as long as its not enabled on the host computer the other 2 work fine. i also tried zone alarm and have the same problem. when i tried zone alarm the xp firewall was disabled. any ideas tks

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A: firewall locks out other computers

Buy a router.
My exp. with software "firewalls" have shown that these programs are highly unstable and unpredictable. Why many users exp. absolutely no problem, i get calls everyday related to corrupt "firewall" installations.
I am using "" because in reality, these programs are not firewalls, they are nothing more than software programs designed to protect your computer from internet intrusion. The nature of these programs is to be "overly protective" I suggest abandoning these programs and investing $50-100 in a home router. A router is a true 'firewall'. Plus, its a lot harder to crack a piece of hardware than a piece of software.
Hope this helps

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This is my first post on the forums - I thought I'd come to you guys as I'm a bit stumped.

I am currently using a Vista Ultimate x64 machine as a file server, with other machines (both XP and Vista x64) connected to it via Ethernet, one XP laptop wirelessly. It is a simple set up, with everyone accessing one shared folder on the file server.

The problem is this: the file server will randomly seem to crash (hang) the network when the other machines are accessing it. This is more noticable with the XP machines, where the hang will cause explorer to crash, whereas the Vista machines accessing it will simply not connect. Occasionally the file server appears to reconnect after an hour or so, but mostly it will require a restart to get it back on the network and functioning correctly.

I have had a look around at various forums, including this one, but have not seen this exact problem. I have tried solutions for other related problems, such as disabling IPv6, but this does still not seem to have solved the problem.

Any ideas would be most welcome - obviously having to restart all the machines in the office a couple of times a day can be a bit of a pain!

Thanks to all in advance.


A:Vista 'locks out' other computers on network

Hi novacon

What permissions are set up for 'everyone' accessing the shared folder? 'Everyone' got read/write access, or what?

And, is the sharing password protected or not?

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I have AVG Internet security version 7.5, it comes with a firewall.
It's installed on both my PC's, but I messed up.
I am no longer able to see into local networks as before.

How do I configure AVG firewall so both computers see each other when they are on?
I did check out the AVG support section but that only confused me.
Though I am still looking?

Thanks allot

A:I need help. local computers with AVG firewall

AVG Control Center->AVG Firewall->Configure->System tab->"Microsoft file sharing and printing"

This application´s default setting is "Block" (for security reasons). If your local network is not accessible or you cannot print on network printers, please re-configure this option to "Allow" (choose "Microsoft file sharing and printing"->click on "Edit rule" button->click on "Edit rule" button)


Tried this?

Good luck!

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I have two computers linked and networked via a switch. Both computers have Norton 360. I can view the workgroup computers when the Norton firewall is disabled. And I have the Windows firewall enabled. My question is: Is just the Windows firewall enough for the computers? One computer is connected to the internet - the other is not. If I turn on the Norton firewall, I can't view my workgroup computers.


A:Workgroup computers and Firewall

You should be able to setup Norton to permit the individual IPs of each computer on another, and very likely, permit incoming traffic from remote ports 137, 138 and 139 and 445 for TCP and UDP protocols from trusted computers on your network for SYSTEM. Likewise, permit the same local ports outbound to trusted computers on your network. Do the same for port 135 for SVCHOST.exe.

But I think Norton has a concept of a trusted network (or similar description) which would make it simpler than what I wrote above.

I don't use Norton, so can't help more. Do they say anything about setting up for Microsoft file and printer sharing in the Help file?

Windows firewall is not sufficient. And many firewalls don't play well when it is turned on.

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I would like to add my own rule (VPNserver=xxx.xxx.xx.xx,xxx.xxx,x..x..)  in the predefined set of computers (gateway, localsubnet etc..) but i don't know how to do it ??
Because i'have a number of rules to created which allow only a set of ip to connected from.
Anybody get a answer for this problem thanks.

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I have four computers in my network. One is connected via cable to the router. Two are wireless, and the fourth one connects through ICS on one of the wireless computers. All of the computers but the ICS(Win ME) one are running Windows XP Home.

The problem is with the wireless computer sharing it's internet connection. Whenever I enable Windows Firewall the other computers cannot access it. If I click on it in the workgroup (on one of the other computers) it says network path not found. If I disable windows firewall, everything works fine. It can access the other computers fine either way.

How do I configure Windows Firewall to allow access by the other computers? I figure it has something to do with the ICS because I didn't have this problem until I set that up. Does Windows Firewall just not work with ICS? I think I provided all the information, but let me know if something else will help. Thanks

A:Windows Firewall Blocks Networked Computers

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My Computer has Windows XP Professional-64 Edition version 2003 Service Pack 2.
I use the Windows Firewall and Avira AntiVirus.

About a month and a half to two months back, my computer began periodically freezing up, not BSOD but just freezing and Ctrl+Alt+Del would not/still does not work to shut it off so I have to hardboot with the button it to shut it off. This would/does happen repeatedly every night while on the internet, however never during an online game session ? only while surfing the Internet.

Not long after that, my yahoo email was compromised where I started receiving email back from my contacts saying they think I had a virus because I had sent a blank message with a link to some drug site ? but there was nothing in my sent folder. After this happened, I removed all my contacts from my address book (so this wouldn?t happen again), and changed my password to my email account.

I checked my Avira for updates and do a scan (which I do weekly manually), figuring I may have a virus, and realized that despite this being set to automatic start up when I turn on the computer it was disabled, and could not be turned back on via the Avira control panel or services tab in the windows control panel. I then got a message the file was corrupt, so I uninstalled and reinstalled it (after hours of trying because my computer would lock), and it would freeze mid way through the scan and lock up. While trying to look up the problems I was/am having on line I was still getting ... Read more

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I have in my house a small network consisting of two computers, a Desktop and a Laptop. The desktop is connected directly to a Cable modem. I also have a Wireless-G access point connected to the modem, and through this i can connect my laptop to the Internet.

I have both computers setup in a workgroup, sharing files between them.

Both computers are running Windows XP Home with service pack 2. As far as i can see the Firewall configurations are the same in both computers. I have enabled the UPnP framework and it worked fine for a while. However when i turned off both computers for the first time after setting up the network, and turned them back on, the Firewall on the desktop began blocking the laptop, so it couldnt recognize it as part of the workgroup, thus the network stopped working.

From the desktop i can access the laptop without any problems. However, from the laptop i cant access the desktop. I get a message saying:

"An error occurred while reconnecting to W: to (mapped drive from desktop name) Microsoft Windows Network: The local device name is already in use. This connection has not been restored"
If I turn off the firewall the network connections work perfectly, however i can't seem to get it to work with the firewall and i really don't like the idea of having the firewall turned off.

I really don't know what to try next, so I would appreciate it very much if someone could help me out with this.

Thank you

A:Windows Firewall is blocking access to computers on my home network

I hate to suggest the obvious, but why not invest in a $30 wireless router? It'll solve this problem and a whole lot more.

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My computer locks up while using internet explorer. It also locks up during shutdown. It seems to run fine if I am doing anything else.

So far, I have tried:
Clean up
Ad Aware
Avast virus scan

Here is my HijackThis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:05:44 PM, on 4/9/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\Wcescomm.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\PROGR... Read more

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First off, THANKS for your time - anyone who responds! And yes, I have searched and searched... and understand what I need to do mostly, but need some expert opinions.

We have a cable modem going to my wife's work Netgear ProSafe VPN Firewall which goes to her work computer and VOIP phone. The Netgear is basically a router and uses 192.168.5.#.

The problem is, I want to open some ports for our home computer and use wireless in our house - but cannot access her work router (not wireless) or have my wife understand anything I ask her to ask her IT people to do.

So, I have a Linksys wireless router that I want to connect to the modem FIRST -- so that I can control the wireless on that and open ports as needed, etc. and then connect her work router to ours ( where hers can then go off to her equipment ).

The issue: I cannot change her router settings at all... nor the gateway, IP's, etc. -- I want our home computer to not have to use her router's settings anymore... as currently, everything is plugged into hers as there are eight slots. Both CPU's are running XP.

I know in networking two routers, you have to turn one DHCP to auto get IP's from the other, etc. and make one address static - like while the other is with the range of IP's the second router pulls from.... but I do not know how to do what I want on my router WHILE using the settings from her router.

Can I reverse the process/order like this? If I connect my wi... Read more

A:Solved: Separating one router from one VPN Firewall(router) on two computers

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I have lost my favorities in both of my computers after upgrading to 10 and IE11. Never had a problem before until I upgraded. What is the fix and how do I get them back??????

A:My favorities have all disappeared from IE11. How do I get them back and is there a fix so they don't disappear again. I have 2 computers and I have lost them on both computers!!!!

how do I get them back??????

Try File History.  But you may need to be quick.  It starts saving the empty folder as a "version", so then depending on how many versions you have and how much time elapses between versions you really won't have any Favorites.  BTDT. 
Still have no idea why they keep disappearing (mostly on Surface RT (W8.2).
Robert Aldwinckle

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Im new to this service.  I cant resent my dns.  when I do I lose internet access,, lots of other stuff.  I had my computers fixed by professionals in October $$$ and now everything is back. 

A:I am Hijacked all computers. changed dns computers set as client no admin

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I have 3 computers at work set up on a local network and connected to a router. My internet connection is DSL. I have no problems accessing websites, ftp servers, and other types of servers. I can ping other IP addresses as well. At home, I have one computer with DSL also. I can access everything from this computer as well.

Here is my problem: I have an ftp server and a hotline set up at work. Other people can access both servers with no problems. I cannot access it from my home computer (nor can I ping my router). I then set up an ftp server and a hotline server at. Again, other people can access them, but I cannot from work. Also, I cannot ping my home IP from work (I can ping others just fine).

Could somebody please tell me what I'm doing wrong? I really would like to get this problem resolved.


A:Work Computers Cannot Access Home Computers

Are the home and work PC's set up on a WAN through your ISP or are they just on the Internet? Are you trying to connect from the PC's behind the router? Sounds like it is using some kind of network address translation that the other ends FTP doesn't accept. Look at the log on your FTP client for a clue as to why it's not connecting. Don't use IE for an FTP client because it has no log you can read. Use something like WS_FTP

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Hey BC community,Note: I have never had a problem like this before, it has just started this week.I play maplestory, and this program detected something wrong with my firewall. So I proceeded to my security settings and attempted to edit my firewall settings: turn it on/off and then this error code popped up:So I tried to edit the other settings and the same error code came up each time.After that came up SEVERAL TIMES, I went to a microsoft and other forums to search for help. They told me to go to this window:And said to go to: Windows firewall and do something with it...but it's not there to do anything to? I really have NO IDEA what to do! It isn't effecting me that much, but when i start my Maplestory file up to reinstall it, it closes and it says this:[04/08 01:54:15] Install Start[04/08 01:54:16] User Temp Directory : C:\Users\Devin\AppData\Local\Temp[04/08 01:54:16] Use CRC : false[04/08 01:54:16] File Name : C:\Users\Devin\Desktop\MSSetupv108.exe[04/08 01:54:16] Game Code : 33563155[04/08 01:54:16] Cannot Regitster Firewall(C:\ProgramData\NexonUS\NGM\NGM.exe,Nexon Game Manager)[04/08 01:54:16] ErrCode : 14000 - 404 - 0[04/08 01:54:17] Install Path : C:\Nexon\MapleStoryI have downloaded microsoft anti virus things and they "cleaned up" my computer, but it still hasn't changed anything. Help?Sincerely,Devin

A:Windows 7 Firewall error code: 0x80070424 as well as Firewall Service being Removed

DownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) DownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here

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Last night while I was at work, my weekly antivirus scan (Comodo Internet Security 3.13.125662.579) popped up an error that read "Update failed. Error code 0x80004002. No such interface supported" I clicked OK and then attempted to close the scan that had hung. It popped up a new error of "Update failed Error Code 0x800705aa Insufficient system resources" I rebooted and ran the scan a second time with the same results, but the scan hung up on a different file. A third attempt hung on yet another file at random times in the scan process.

Reading the support forums for solutions suggested reinstall of the software. So I uninstalled and attempted to reinstall.

The installation went on, then ended with an unspecified error that ended in a rollback of the installation.

Checking my event logs has me concerned because I notice activation of many .net framework errors, and bootstart/application start failures to load. Most of which were files related to my firewall/AV followed by Terminal Services, Fast user switching, IP Traffic filter driver, Telephony, and remote access connection manager services.

I am concerned that I have been hacked/wormed or virused. Mostly because under "Documents and Settings there is a new "Administrator" folder which did not exist before where only "All users, Default user, and Kumu Honua" were in the past.

I have uninstalled the comodo internet security files as far as I am aware but still see remnants th... Read more

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I have a problem with Windows Firewall disabling itself every 5 or 6 hours on my computer! Windows Firewall will automatically disable itself and give the following message "Windows Firewall is not using the recommended settings to protect your computer." with only one option "use recommended settings" but I can click that option but after 5 or 6 hours, Windows Firewall gives the same message and is disabled! and I have to go into control panel and fix it! I have a program that cannot connect to the internet because it will automatically update to a new version with less stickers for my photos and deactivate my license for that program and forces me to revo uninstall and reinstall my old version due to this Windows Firewall problem!

A:Windows Firewall disables itself every 5 or 6 hours "Wndows Firewall i

First mate, you'll want to scan the computer with an antivirus program. There are numerous free ones if you do not own one yet, such as AVG free, Avast free, or MS Security Essentials. Only use one, otherwise they will conflict with eachother. Use the full scan option if available.

A good program to use in addition to an antivirus program is malwarebytes free, but up to you if you want to install it or not, and run the additional full scan.

Next, run this: Diagnose and fix Windows Firewall service problems automatically

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I have COMODO firewall installed on my notebook running Vista Home Premium. Should I turn off Windows firewall? Will they conflict with each other? Other threads I searched about this didn't really answer that question.

I also have NOD32 running.

A:Solved: Windows Firewall turn off or leave on with COMODO Firewall?

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I have been dealin with this 2 days now and went through all the steps recommended by Microsoft... even downloaded Virtual tech for mcafee and FIx it for MS none worked. went to google to try to follow other advises and tried to do malware removal . after it i followed these steps:
Download both the registry files



Launch and import them to registry

Restart your PC

Now,open RUN and type

regedit and click ok

go to


Right click on it-permissions

Click on ADD and type

Everyone and click ok

Now Click on Everyone

Below you have permission for users

Select full control and click ok

Now,open RUN and type

services.msc and click ok

start base filtering engine service and then windows firewall service

>>> upon tryng to start service on base filtering and windows firewall it gave the ff errors >>> please see attached screen shot.

wat to do now? help please

A:Windows Personal Firewall service and Mcafee firewall not turning on

Hello achienina What Anti-virus program are you running?
Have you done an in-depth scan, and did it find any malware?

EDIT... oops, Windows Firewall needs to be disabled in Services in order for McAfee's firewall to work.

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IS the esset firewall any worth comparied to comando? or outpost or others? I know its mainly a anti virus with built in firewall but does is it worth it? is comando the best?

A:eset firewall and anti virus or whats the best firewall with windows

If you are looking for a firewall and an antivirus, look no further than windows firewall and MSE.
Who knows windows better than microsoft.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows

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I'm confused !!!!

A couple of hours ago I got a free license of Defensewall Personal Firewall. I've never tried this firewall, so I've got no idea about it.

I'm a ESET Smart Security 7 user. And ESS has a firewall.

Now my question is.....
Should I disable ESS firewall and go with Defensewall Personal Firewall ??? or should I just stick to ESS Firewall !!!


I know about Comodo Firewall, Private Firewall and Online Armor
I just want to know about this- DefenseWall Private Firewall
Yes, my system is 32bit. And I've no plan of upgrading it to 64bit as I'm thinking of buying a new laptop. So please, no advice on system upgrade, as long as you're not ready to pay for the Windows7x64 bit license And no Windows8.1 license please. This laptop doesn't have the drivers for win8.1

On a serious note.... Give me some advice.... DefenseWall Personal Firewall or ESET Smart Security Firewall or both

A:DefenseWall Personal Firewall vs ESET Smart Security Firewall

For starters, did you read what they say about their product.

DefenseWall Personal Firewall - the world's first sandboxing-style personal firewall solution

No learning modes (as seen with firewall and HIPS programs).
Mininimal popups.
Compatible with third-party security software and programs.
No need to configure ports and sockets.
No application checksum re-calculations.
Average users find it difficult to setup and use your typical firewall and security program. For most average users, program popups and questions are confusing. There is always the chance a user will make the wrong choice and allow malware to cause damage to their system.

DefenseWall Personal Firewall is a different kind of security program. You won't even notice it's installed and providing the highest firewall and system protection.​
Again, planning to use software without knowing what they do, is as bad as executing malware.

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Hi guys,

Could anyone explain to me why Windows Firewall starts when I have Comodo Firewall installed and running?

It makes me nervous!

I have a fresh installation of Comodo Internet Security.

The only reason I knew it was running was because I got the message after a reboot, screenshot 1. When I went into control panel it confirmed I had two firewalls running, screenshot 2. So I have no idea why WF started or how long it had been running.

I seem to remember when I had BitDefender IS2013 it did the same thing, is it to do with my system maybe?

Why does it do that? Is there any way I can ensure Windows Firewall stays off?

BTW, in screenshot 2 you can see I have multiple antivirus programs. well they are Comodo and Emsisoft AM, as well as a rather annoying addition in Advanced System Care Ultimate. Am I right in thinking Emsi is more malware than virus oriented, and compatible with an AV. Also when I installed Advanced System Care Ultimate, they state that their AV is designed to work alongside the main AV. I have it turned off although it still shows up here.

Thanks for any ideas and support, Chig

A:Windows Firewall starts with 3rd party firewall installed and active

Personally I would scrap the lot and install Microsoft Security Essentials. You certainly do not need any third party "Advanced System Care" software with Windows 7. I think you are heading for all sorts of conflicts with what you have installed at the moment. You will find your system speeds up when you get rid of all that bloat. I bet if you check Start up they are all there jockeying for position and slowing your system down. Ughhhh!

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I recently installed the freeware firewall of Comodo in my Win7 PC. However I am not too happy because of some problems and would like to remove Comodo and simply use the firewall that came with Win7 (I am using the Home Edition of Win7).

I had a hitch that probably both firewalls are somehow enabled on my Win7 PC. I went into Control Panel and turned off the bult-in Firewall of Win7 but it now show the message (or maybe the icon) that firewall is not present (EVEN though I already have COMODO installed). SO that's the first question/confusion I am facing.

The 2nd question is that how do I uninstall COMODO in a very clean manner. I remember froma long time back when I tried to remove Norton Anti-Virus and it simply refused to un-install. Will I face a similar problem when trying to remove Comodo.

Last but not least, will be very thankful if you can share tips regarding what settings I need to put in place for the Windows Firewall to work effectively. Based on what I have read, the default configuration of Win7's firewall has a lot of room for improvement and I would like it to be as secure as my favourite firewall (which I use on XP) i.e. Sygate.

Thanks in advance for your kind help.

A:Solved: Want to Remove Comodo Firewall and use Win7's built-in Firewall

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I recently downloaded the latest version of Comodo firewall. I found out that the whole interface has been changed.

Now I'm unable to find the option to show all connections going on at the current movement. Has the option been removed? Or is it some where else?

A:How to view firewall traffic in latest version of Comodo firewall?

[PDF] Comodo Firewall All the information that you need is in this PDF download -

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A friend gave me his laptop PC to remove some virus' and any Malware.  Well I think I have all the bad stuff off but I noticed that the firewall wasn't running.  I looked in services to start it but it's not there.  I down loaded Microsoft security essentials but that didn't help.  Have you any ideas?  Is there something I can run to find it? Thanks,klclarkEdit: Moved topic from Firewall Software and Hardware to the more appropriate forum, at the suggestion of staff. ~ Animal

A:firewall error 0x80070424 firewall not in the services window

Hello klclark and Welcome -
Download Security Check by Screen317 from HERE
* Save it to your Desktop.
* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe
* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.
* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.Note: If a security program requests permission to access the Internet, allow it to do so.
Next -
Error 0x80070424 ocurs when you use Windows Update follow the M/soft fixit for your version of Windows -
Thank You -

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Hi all !

I've recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Beta Build 7000 and I have Comodo Firewall 3.8.65951.477 64-Bit installed as my firewall. I get this problem that I can't solve at all .

When I click on " Run Diagnostics" I have this :

Indeed, I click "Yes" and this is what comes next :

PS : The Windows 7 Firewall is desactivated!

Anybody haves an idea on this problem, please ? Thanks!

A:Comodo Firewall - the network firewall is not functioning properly !

You may find the same problem (hopefuly with an answer) in the Comodo "Feedback" topic:
COMODO Internet Security 3.8.65951.477 Released

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About two hours ago, my computer lost internet connection and was searching for network address. This happens a lot, and so far I thought it is normal. But when I right-clicked the icon for "repair", restarted the connection search. But instead of simply reconnecting I noticed a Windows Security Alert popup that said my firewall was disabled. Also my computer went very slow at the time, but is now normal speed and connected. But the popup quickly disappeared as soon as it was shown. I immediatly checked the settings, but it showed firewall was still on. I still have popup saying I turned off automatic updates (I did do this), but it is no longer saying my firewall is off. What could have cause this weird thing to happen? Since then there has been no sign or sympton of infection.

A:Windows Security Alert pop "Firewall disabled" but firewall is still on

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the main Scanner screen:Click on the Show Results button to see a list ... Read more

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I just need a suggestion of which is better to use........................

should I be using the Windows XP Pro SP2 Built in Firewall or my Norton AntiVirus Firewall program???

A:Solved: Windows Built in Firewall or Norton Firewall

"Norton AntiVirus Firewall program?"

Do you mean Norton Internet Security?

Whether you use Norton or another 3rd party firewall depends on your analysis of your risks vs. the increased complexity.

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Just like many online virus scanners are designed to promote particular anti-virus products, so are many online firewall tests and port scanners designed to promote particular firewall software.

Steve Gibson's Shields UP! promotes ZoneAlarm (see https://www.grc.com/zonealarm.htm) which seems to be pure spyware (see http://chateaumezcal.com/caveat/zap0719.htm). ShieldsUP! also seems inconsistent and unreliable (see http://words.jml.is/4444/shieldsup-analyzed. PC Flank promotes Outpost Pro Firewall (see http://www.pcflank.com/pcflankleaktest.htm) and so on.

Do you know of a reliable and objective firewall test that does not promote any product?

Thank you very much.

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hi there,

I have both Eset Smart Security Personal Firewall and Windows Firewall running... which should i disable to avoid conflicts?




A:Eset Smart Security Firewall or Windows Firewall?

I believe that the Eset firewall has outbound protection and if that is the case, I would disable the Windows one as it does not have outbound protection.

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Quick question - I use Comodo firewall free edition as I like the functionality and interface. Should I disable Windows firewall since I have Comodo running? If so, how do I do that?

A:Disable Windows firewall when running 3rd party firewall?

Originally Posted by rivre

Quick question - I use Comodo firewall free edition as I like the functionality and interface. Should I disable Windows firewall since I have Comodo running? If so, how do I do that?

Here you are...as shown....disable Windows firewall advised.

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Hi. I thought the following would be very simple but these days we know nothing is simple.

What I'm trying to do is block all incoming/outgoing traffic from my machine using Windows Firewall with Advanced settings, but allow only specific sites over http/https.

On the Windows firewall rules, there is no setting for URL, so I put in the IP for Yahoo for example, but I couldn't access Yahoo after I activated the rule. Plus, using IP's wont help when Yahoo can change its IP anytime. It's the URL is what I want, so I can do wild-card URL rules like www.yahoo.com/finance/*.

I tried tools like Kaspersky, but that only works for website traffic, nothing is stopping exotic things like newsgroup traffic from a news reader app for example.

Could someone please tell me how to block everything except specific URLs. Looking forward to your response, I'm stuck here.

A:Need help in configuring really simple firewall rules on Windows Firewall

Welcome to the forum.
Se if this link is of any benefit to your needs:-

How to: Configure a Firewall for Report Server Access

Let us know if it is ok.

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Am runnin WinXP Home edition on AMD Athlon XP2600+ 1.91 GHz 1.00 GB Ram

I am running Sygate Firewall & til now it was runnin alongside windows firewall, however it recently stopped running on startup & I had to manually start it, so just uninstalled & reinstalled. This time the windows security center was whingein that it wasnt protected by windows firewall so have told it I will manage my own firewall....my main query is
1, why did it ask this time & not before? ie: ran alongside sygate happily
2, what caused it to stop runnin on startup?
& just as an added extra...why is Avast still runnin yet no icon showing & to my knowledge has not updated automatically??
Should I be lookjin for nasties or is this all just a configuration problem?

A:Solved: Running Sygate Firewall with Windows Firewall?

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I actually have Kaspersky Internet Security as my security suite, which has an integrated firewall.

Should i disable the antivirus firewall and enable Comodo Firewall? (it's not Comodo IS, just free firewall).

Or should i use KIS firewall alone?

A:Disable Kaspersky Firewall and enable Comodo Firewall

KIS alone for sure. Its maybe the best firewall out there in any security suit u can find. turn on application control and set it to untrusted and u are safe to go.

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Hey everyone,
This is my first post, and first time I've not been able to solve my problem by searching previous posts...so hopefully someone can help me out.
I'm trying to install a downloaded .exe file, and Windows firewall is blocking it regardless of whether the firewall is active or not; the specific error message & the subsequent Windows help screen are attached. The Windows help screen indicates that the file came from an "untrusted" website, and suggests adding the source website to the "trusted" list if I'm sure that the file is safe (which I am, and I did...and I'm getting the same results when I try to open the .exe).
After the adding the source site to the "trusted" category failed, I attempted to run the file after completely shutting off Windows firewall (along with Bitdefender, which I'm also running). I'm still getting the same error message; it's as if Windows firewall is just ignoring me...can anyone help me either get around this, or tell me how to really shut off the firewall so it stops blocking this file?

A:Windows firewall blocking .exe file even after firewall is disabled

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You can turn the Windows Firewall back on. The issue has nothing to do with the Firewall.

You can turn the Bitdefender back on too.

The issue is probably caused by one or more settings within IE. You might try resetting IE:
Internet Explorer - Reset

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I suddenly noticed my desktop wasn't on the network any more. On inspection, network discovery and file sharing was disabled. I tried to enable it, but it would not. I found out if I turned off the firewall it worked fine. I tried to reset the firewall to default, but I get "Could not restore the default policy: error 3".

How can I reset the firewall to default so I can turn on network discovery and file sharing?

Edit: I forgot to say, I have MSE on and it has not found or alerted me to any malware.. Plus, I have scanned with Malwarebytes and Kaspersky (even pulling the hard drive and scanning from another machine) and they have found nothing..

A:Can't share network with firewall on, can't reset firewall to default


Still can't figure this out..

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Firewall Issue(s) - Windows XP Professional & Comodo Firewall Pro

Friday/December 3rd 2007: This morning I was looking at the features and settings of Comodo Firewall Pro Version Accidentally I clicked ‘no’ when a learned prompt came up asking if I wanted to allow Avast Free Edition to connect to the net. I believe it was Avast. Anyway I figured I would uninstall and reinstall to correct the settings, no big deal, or so I thought.

When windows started back up and gave me the security alert prompt (Control Panel > Windows Security Center) and I figured no big deal. However it was saying “Comodo is not installed bla bla bla.” When I enabled XP Professional’s firewall, window’s message said, “Comodo was working, etc.”

Windows Firewall worked within normal parameters as far as I could tell otherwise. I will try to recreate issue buy uninstalling and will post detailed results later with screen shots.

Sunday/December 9th 2007: I tried recreating the incident and my results confuse me. Windows XP Professional Security Center Says “Comodo Firewall not on bla, bla, bla.” However, when I turn on XP’s firewall it says “Windows Firewall is on bla, bla, bla. So why when I turn off windows firewall does it say that “Comodo” not windows firewall is disabled?

How would I correct this?

Thank you.

A:Firewall Issue(s) - Windows XP Professional & Comodo Firewall Pro

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Does Avast Firewall provide any protection or its kinda Windows Firewall?

Most of the time I read users mention pair Avast with Windows Firewall instead of getting AIS.

A:Avast Firewall vs Windows Firewall - Which offers better protection?

Yash Khan said:

Does Avast Firewall provide any protection or its kinda Windows Firewall?

Most of the time I read users mention pair Avast with Windows Firewall instead of getting AIS.Click to expand...

@RejzoR would be able to provide more information about the working of Avast as he is quite active in the Avast forums!!
I have never used it so can't comment!!
Having said that, windows native firewall is quite good!!
If you must use something that is a bit more talkative you could give this a shot!!

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If I activate the WIN XP firewall and leave my Norton firewall activated, does it make my computer more safer or more problems????

A:If I activate the WIN XP firewall and leave my Norton firewall activated...??

By the way I activated from the services(the WIN XP firewall), it should still work,right???

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Greetings everyone! I recently replaced my McAfee Av software (provided by my ISP free), with the Avast 6 (free version). (My rationale for using Avast 6, is because McAfee is a system resource hog, and the Avast seems to run well concurrently with the MBAM Pro I have [real-time scanning enabled]). Since Avast has no firewall, my Windows Firewall is, of course, active again.My question: Is the Windows Firewall adequate, or should I be looking to acquire some other FREE Firewall product?(I've read some comments on other sites which claim Windows Firewall is considered mediocre).Any information/recommendations would be much appreciated!

A:Windows Firewall (XP Pro) vs other FREE Firewall products?

Most concerns you have heard about were with the Windows Firewall in the XP operating system. Microsoft significantly improved the firewall to address these concerns in Vista and then added more improvements in Windows 7.Windows XP firewall protects against port scanning but has limitations and it is no replacement for a robust 3rd-party two-way personal firewall.The XP firewall is not a full featured firewall. Normal firewalls allow you to specifically control each TCP and UDP port but XP?s firewall does not provide you with this capability. Instead, it takes a point and click approach to enabling or disabling a few common ports.The XP firewall does a good job of monitoring, examining and blocking inbound traffic but makes no attempt to filter or block outbound traffic like most 3rd-party personal firewalls.Thus, the XP firewall does not identify which programs attempt to initiate outbound network or Internet communications nor does it block the traffic when suspicious activity occurs.This feature can be helpful in preventing many types of malware attacks that may attempt to open ports or communicate with outside servers without the user's knowledge or consent. It also means that if your system has been compromised, a hacker could use your machine as part of a distributed denial of service attack.By default, Windows Firewall rejects all incoming traffic unless that traffic is in response to a previous outgoing request. If you're running Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2... Read more

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Hi every Malwaretips member, today I want to open a new discussion, I don't know if you are aware that lately Neil J. Rubenking - Lead Analyst for Security at PC Magazine reviewed the latest version of both Firewall, I just want to hear your voices and opinions regarding both Firewall, and I really appreciate your participation...
Comodo Firewall v7
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall 2015 v13
Editor Rating: 4.5/5

A:Comodo Firewall v7 vs. ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall 2015 v13

The best protection is based upon the user's habits, so both could give some users the same protection level.
You could not apply this to all users since some are reckless and neither one would be able to provide protection.

Comodo Firewall has HIPS which is more likely to flag more false positives which most inexperienced users would not know how to deal with. Of coarse if the user utilizes UAC, then HIPS would not be needed.

ZoneAlarm is more user friendly, uses Behavior protection instead of HIPS which will not flag as many false positives.
ZoneAlarm is more compatible with programs.

For myself Windows Firewall provides excellent protection along with UAC with no issues at all.

Just a note: Never trust review sites or testing sites, they will install a product use it for about an hour or less then write a review.
You need to test a product for at least 30 days in order to see how it works and if any potential problems occur.


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I have just upgraded my router to a Belkin N1 ADSL wireless modem router-apparently it has a built in firewall. Do I need bother with Zonealarm as well? I've always had 'free' Zonealarm but what with its constant upgrades and so on I could well do without it if its superfluous. And if so what about Windows own firewall?
(Windows XP SP2)

A:Hardware firewall-software firewall needed too?

Windows firewall only protects one way. Comodo firewall is pretty good...that is what I use and it is free.

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I successfully added Kaspersky to my two other Windows machines - and both recognize and allow it to manage all firewall decisions for it, but I'm having a terribly difficult time adding it to my Windows 7 machine. Does anyone have any tips as to how to fix it?

A:Kaspersky Firewall not being recognized by Windows Firewall

Were there ever any othr Antivirus' on here,as there may be traces left causing interference.

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Hi and thanks for viewing this thread. I hope you can help me!
I have a few questions which I will number and I hope you can answer them in detail, as it would be much appreciated. (I am using W7 64-Bit)

1. Is Comodo Firewall reccomended? (I am using it currently but am unsure, as I have heard about some scandals pertaining to Comodo, but wanted to get your opinions) and what are other, perhaps better alternatives if there are any?

2. Should I run Comodo Firewall or any other firewall with Windows Firewall on?

3. Why does Windows Firewall have a "Domain Profile" with the firewall turned on, but a "Private Profile" with it turned off?

4. What is the advantage of using the option to join Comodo's custom DNS server when installing the firewall?

Any other insight or help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks so much for your help!

A:Question about Comodo Firewall and Windows Firewall

Hallo poobla;

Your question in regard to alternatives have a look at this;

Free Software Firewalls for Windows 7

question 2; you should not run a third party firewall & windows firewall at the same time

question 3; I don't know about question 3

question 4; I tried Comodo DNS & could not get Windows Update to connect to the server

You may find this link helpful as well;

How a Firewall works (simplified version).

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Greetings....I hope you can help me with my problem. I have had McAfee Security Center installed on my computer since the day I bought it (approx. 2 years), & recently I've been getting alerts telling me that my computer is at risk because the firewall is not turned on, & when I go into settings, & click turn on, it comes on for a brief second, and then turns back off immediately. Got on to McAfee's help center, ran several programs they suggested, i.e. McAfee virtual technician, Stinger, & also programs suggested within their forum, i.e. Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Tuneup Utilities, none of which helped resolve my issue. I even uninstalled/reinstalled McAfee, & the only thing it did was stop giving me the notices, but if I go into settings for the firewall, it still says its off, & when I click turn on, it does for a brief sec, then goes right back off again. And when I checked the Windows firewall, it gives me an error when I try to change the settings (Error code 0x80070424). In searching through forums, it's sounding like I've got some sort of Virus/Malware that is causing this, but I've pretty much exhausted all my resources in trying to fix this......I hope you can help. My system is a Dell XPS 8100, Windows 7 Home Premium Ver.6.1, Build 7601: SP1.
DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7601.17514 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_31
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A:McAfee firewall & Windows Firewall won't turn on

Hello and Welcome to Bleeping Computer!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of us1.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!doing so will only at best cause you unneeded worry as it finds our backups and may even list our toolsand at worst can cause conficts with our tools and lead to unforseen things to happen2.Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.besides the time it takes me to open the reports it makes it harder to find something if I need to go back to do more research and putting them in code boxes just makes them so hard to read3. After each step give me a little feedback It does not need to be long but just something so I know how things are going it can be something likeI am still getting redirected The computer is running as it shouldDon't put things like - it is the same as before or still the same this just makes me go back and look for you last feedback as to how things are4. read every post completely before doing anythingPay special attention to the Notes** I have put inThese are things I have found that happen allot and can be taken care of easily just by reading the Notes**Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.Pl... Read more

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Which is better? I remember using comodo in the past and it was too strong. But I hope they fixed that. I also used zonealarm b4 but forgot how it was.

A:Zonealarm Firewall or Comodo firewall? (Free)

Why not use the Windows Firewall, it is excellent?

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Hey guys, just wondering who could help me with a problem..

For some reason, my firewall has been turned off, and I cannot turn it back on (my options have been greyed out ). It also says that, at the top of the Windows Firewall control panel page, "For your security, some settings are controlled by Group Policy".

How do I change this?

Thanks, Dan

A:Windows Firewall Group Policy (Firewall is Off)

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