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Am I using 2 firewalls?


pookie

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Hi,

Windows 7 Home Premium.

I use PC Tools free firewall as a firewall and Avast as free antivirus. I notice Avast has a webshield enabled. Is that a firewall and if so can I uninstall the PC Tools firewall?

Kind regards

P

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rawprawn

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No they are different things, Avast is just AV. You still need your firewall

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spuds

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This might help a bit http://www.wilderssecurity.com/archive/index.php/t-81238.html

Personally I wouldn't use PC Tools firewall, there are better products available for free.

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pookie

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Thank you both. Which free firewall would you use? I have read Zonealarm slows pc/internet down and Commodo free internet security (firewall and antivirus) has so many pop up alerts that it has put people of using it.

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robinofloxley

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If you have a router to connect to the Internet, a Firewall is built in. (does not apply to modems)

Additionally Windows has a software Firewall, which I find perfectly adequate. (Start Search Firewall)

General info

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pookie

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Yes, I have wireless modem router with firewall enabled as well. Does that then mean that I don't need firewall software on my pc?

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robinofloxley

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Personally, I am happy with router+Windows Firewall.

I assume you have an Antivirus as well.

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pookie

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Yes, I use Avast free as antivirus. However, I have read that latest version free Commodo internet security does not slow down computers the way older versions did. I'll uninstall PC Tools and Avast and give Commodo a go.

Thanks again

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rawprawn

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Windows 7 has it's own perfectly adequate Firewall, you do not need another. (Make sure it is turned ON.

Avast is one of the best free AV's, I would just use that together with windows Firewall.

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pookie

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ok, thanks for the advice

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john bunyan

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If PCTools is working ok, it is a good free firewall. I switched to the windows one as I had some updating issues with PCTools but whilst it was in use (free) it was fine.

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