Windows 7 firewall?

  hiwatt 16:50 PM 21 Mar 13

Hi folks.I was wondering if the "built in" firewall on windows 7 is sufficient enough or if a 3rd party firewall is necessary? I ask this because after reading another thread I did the "shields up" test here and the last part failed saying my computer was "pinging" I'm using windows 7 firewall in it's default settings!

  hiwatt 16:51 PM 21 Mar 13


  hiwatt 16:52 PM 21 Mar 13

Link's not working.Sorry!

  Secret-Squirrel 17:10 PM 21 Mar 13

Hiwatt, do you connect to the Internet via a router? If so then it's your router that's replying to ping requests so no software firewall on your PC will make any difference.

What ShieldsUP has reported isn't really anything to be concerned about. If however you want to address this issue then log into your router and there'll be an option somewhere called something like "Ignore ping requests from the Internet". In my router the option's called "Ignore Ping Packet From WAN Port" and I have it enabled.

  hiwatt 18:07 PM 21 Mar 13

Secret-Squirrel I connect to the net via Virgin Medias Hub.I've logged into it but all I can find is Respond to ICMP echo requests sent to WAN IP and that is already unchecked?

  Secret-Squirrel 19:33 PM 21 Mar 13

That certainly looks like the right option. It's very strange that your Virgin Hub's not behaving as it should.

  hiwatt 10:14 AM 22 Mar 13

I reran the test and it passed this time :)


This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Best Cyber Monday deals 2015 live blog: Best UK Cyber Monday tech deals, sales, discounts & offers

1995-2015: How technology has changed the world in 20 years

Harry Potter's graphic designers showcase magical props & posters in new exhibition

Apple rumours & predictions 2016: What to expect from Apple in 2016