Windows Defender+Windows Firewall?

  Cymro. 16:21 13 Mar 2009

click here

I have just read on this forum (see above link and scroll down) that Windows Defender acts as a two way firewall. This being the case do I still need to run my Windows Firewall that come as standard with my XP

  ened 16:44 13 Mar 2009

I'm not sure what that means.

I do know that I have to get regular updates for Defender and there is no way to allow/disallow different programmes access.

Whereas you can control the firewall in this way.

All I run on my Vista machine is Defender, Firewall and Avast and, not only have I had no problems, but I went to a site recently which checked your security and they reported that I was invisible!

  Graphicool1 16:52 13 Mar 2009

The site that checks your security is called 'Shields-Up' click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:25 13 Mar 2009

"Windows Defender acts as a two way firewall."

Defender is a antispyware program that scans in real time, it is NOT a firewall

Your XP firewall will only stop incoming threats it will not stop a nasty from sending information out.

You need a firewall that will stop and notify you if a program wishes to connect to the internet.

Recommended protection
1 firewall
1 Antivirus
1 real time antimalware scanner
1 backup scanner
1 blocker

click here This excellent thread from Skidzy explains all you need as well as gives links to free good protection

  Cymro. 10:01 14 Mar 2009

I suspected as much and so will stick with the Windows Firewall while I try out same of the other protection on the link to Skidzy that Fruit Bat has given.

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