i bought Macafee virus scan version 9 and tried to install it in my computer last night, only to discover that it doesn't have a firewall. so after i had uninstalled Norton, it was like opening pandoras box, pop ups all over the place, computer kept crashing. Had to restore, but anyway, i have windows Xp,can anyone recommend how i can download a firewall, whilst i am unprotected?
XP has a firewall of its own. You could turn that on whilst you download ZoneAlarm. The problem with XPs firewall is that it only works inwards, not outwards, hence the need to disable it and install a better one, but it is better than nothing in your circumstances. However, do not be tempted to have 2 firewalls on at the same time otherwise chaos will take over.
To turn XPs Firewall on and off, go to 'Start', 'Settings','Control Panel', 'Security Centre'.
A point that has not been covered it appears - if you have SP2 installed, the XP firewall will be switched on by default, I guess therefore you may well not have SP2 - if not I would advise you install it. As stated above, the XP firewall is fine for what it does i.e. protect from external attack. If you judge that you need a firewall that sorts out outgoing stuff as well, Mcafee or zone alarm are both fine, personally however I have never felt the need and the XP firewall along with up to date anti virus software has served me fine and continues to do so.