Running a firewall

  tonyx1302 21:03 01 Feb 2008

Is there a need for my firewall to load at a startup or does it just run in the background ? I am just trying Armor Firewall(free)on XP home
with wireless router,and am not fully conversant yet with it. At the moment it starts at boot up and checks everything.

Thank you


  recap 21:06 01 Feb 2008

If you are connected to the Internet when you boot up then yes. I would keep it running.

  tonyx1302 21:17 01 Feb 2008

Thanks recap for coming back so quickly. I asked the question because since installing Armor, it takes a lot longer to boot up and my desktop seems to run a bit slower.


  recap 21:23 01 Feb 2008

Right I see what you mean now. Unistall Armor try Zonealarm or just run Windows Firewall.

click here for Zonealarm download.

  tonyx1302 21:28 01 Feb 2008

The Windows firewall doesn't get a very good press on the forum because evidently it only blocks incoming not outgoing (?). With ZA does that run at startup or monitor in the background?


  recap 21:35 01 Feb 2008

Zonealarm will run at start up and runs in the background, I have been using Zonealarm for years now without it effecting my computers.

  tonyx1302 21:37 01 Feb 2008

Many thanks recap. I'll dump Armor and give ZA a trial.


  lester1 22:55 01 Feb 2008

I have been using Zone Alarm for years on both win 98 and XP with no problems.Currently I am using Comodo on my Vista lappy again it is working very well.

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