Graham Newey wrote:
> Until recentlyI've been a Win98SE man and had Zone Alarm Free firewall
> installed. Never a problem in nearly 10 years.
> Although fairly comp literate I've never really "got to grips" with the
> workings of FWs.
> Recently bought a new computer and the OS is Windows Vista Home Premium---64
> If I choose to install Zone Alarm Free, (which I have currently), should I
> turn off the integrated Vista FW?
That should have happened automaticvally when you installed ZoneAlarm,
assuming you're using a Vista-compatible version.
> Is there a definitive answer?
My position is that running two or more software firewalls
simultaneously is generally unnecessary and can _sometimes_ cause
conflicts, potentially negating the protection of both. Even ig there
is no conflict, having two firewalls running simultaneously is most
certainly an unnecessary drain on system resources, without providing
any additional benefit.
As it is, Vista's built-in firewall solution is more than
adequate for most consumers' needs. While it's not quite up to the
ease-of-use standards of Kerio or ZoneAlarm, it has been noticeably
improved over WinXP's version.
There are two interfaces for Vistas built-in firewall:
1) A simplified one accessed through the Control Panel that is the only
one most people see. To further supplement this view, Sphinx's Vista
Firewall Control http://sphinx-soft.com/Vista/
) is a piece of freeware
that makes the Vista Firewall much more useful to the average user.
2) And the more advanced "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
(WF.msc), accessed via the Start Menu's Administrative Tools folder, for
the experienced user who wants more granular control.
> Further, ZA Free is currently installed and operational from "startup". I
> often find, when I investigate, that the Vista FW has turned itself "Off".
> Does this make sense?
> Lastly, regardless of which FW is on, my computer "fails" the "Shields Up!"
> "Ping Test". What can I do, if anything, to rectify this?
That shouldn't happen if ZoneAlarm were properly configured. Check
your settings, and be sure you didn't download and install any of
Gibson's crapware security "fixes."
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