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    XP Pro Firewall? (Should I Disable?)

    Have read various thoughts on the topic of the inbuilt firewall that comes with XP Pro, should I disable (or not activate it) and load an outside firewall. I recall hearing the inbuilt firewall is not very good, is this true?

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    Re: XP Pro Firewall? (Should I Disable?)

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/icon_butterfly.gif> <font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color=magenta>Hi, Cyberdance ~</font color=magenta></font face=comic>

    The XP firewall is not considered to be very good at all. You can get the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> download of ZoneAlarm. You will need to disable the ICF by doing this:<UL><LI>'Start' > 'Control Panel' > 'Performance and Maintenance' > 'Administrative Tools'<LI>Double-click 'Services' > scroll down to and double-click 'Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)'<LI>Under the 'Service status:', click the 'Stop' button if the service is started<LI>Above that next to 'Startup type:', select 'Disabled' > 'Apply' > 'OK'<LI>Then install and configure ZoneAlarm[/list]

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    Re: XP Pro Firewall? (Should I Disable?)

    <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25> Ouch, why does that sound so scary? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I am very cautious because it is a new machine and not mine, I recall when setting it up yesterday there was a prompt asking if I wanted to activate the "firewall", I hit "No" and continued, thinking I would place this post first. Bruce thank you for the step by step instructions, I have printed them out and will follow them exactly. I know this is beyond dumb, but what is the ICF, I will be disabling? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
    When I have disabled the ICF, I will download and install Zone Alarm on that machine tomorrow. Once again many thanks for the terrific help. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: XP Pro Firewall? (Should I Disable?)

    Ops, I answered way too fast, got it now, Internet connection firewall, right? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> (insert KLUNK as I hit myself on the head)...... <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: XP Pro Firewall? (Should I Disable?)

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/icon_butterflytwo.gif>Hi, Cyber ~

    You got it <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/yougo.gif>

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