Windows Vista's Firewall & Defender, are they good?

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  1. jimmy-floyd

    jimmy-floyd Notebook Evangelist

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    I have got Eset Nod 32 only AV version.
    The question is:

    - Leave Vista's Firewall & Defender OR disable them and pick up Threatfire ?
     
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    Hep! sees beauty in everything

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    I use NOD 32 AV + Windows Defender and Firewall. If you have a router, it's already plenty.
     
  3. jimmy-floyd

    jimmy-floyd Notebook Evangelist

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    yep i have a router - Zyxel P-660HTW. i just remember that someone told Windows Defender and Firewall are crappy and could somehow slow down a system.
     
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    Windows Defender has never done anything for me; it's the first thing I disable. The Vista firewall is better than the XP predecessor, although I still see no reason to use it when free alternatives such as Comodo are far more secure for the average user.
     
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    No, neither are very good. Vista's firewall is only decent if you:

    1. Have Vista Business
    2. Know how to configure it for all current threats and possible future threats (in other words, it's practically impossible)

    I suggest you disable those programs. Pick up Comodo and Super Anti Spyware. Both programs are free and offer great protection.
     
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    Vista firewall is quite good inbound, and marginally adequate outbound. Defender is good considering what you paid for it. Most firewalls will (at least optionally, if not explicitly) disable other firewalls; it is not a good idea to have more than one active at a time. See my setup for what I use.
     
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    Thanks for support guys.
     
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    I'd think if anything, since WD and WF are built into the OS, they would be faster than a 3rd party app.
     
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    I have NOD32, along with Vista Defender (Windows Firewall disabled in favor of NOD32). On my brand new desktop (750 GB HDD, 4 GB RAM), Threatfire locked up my system consistently till I removed it. There had to be some conflict there.
     
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