Am I using 2 firewalls?

  pookie 16:49 31 Jan 2012


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


  rawprawn 17:01 31 Jan 2012

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

  spuds 17:04 31 Jan 2012

This might help a bit

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

  pookie 18:59 31 Jan 2012

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.

  robin_x 19:07 31 Jan 2012

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

  pookie 19:33 31 Jan 2012

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?

  robin_x 20:20 31 Jan 2012

Personally, I am happy with router+Windows Firewall.

I assume you have an Antivirus as well.

  pookie 13:05 01 Feb 2012

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

  rawprawn 13:51 01 Feb 2012

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.

  pookie 17:48 01 Feb 2012

ok, thanks for the advice

  john bunyan 17:51 01 Feb 2012

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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