The first thing to know about the WinXP "firewall"

  Forum Editor 18:50 18 Sep 2003

is that it only works in one direction. It stands at the gate watching for something trying to get in, but completely ignores what's going on behind its back - anything trying to get out will have an unobstructed exit.

What you need is a proper firewall - which watches any attempts at traffic on your machine, whether it's inbound or outbound.

click here and download the free version of a firewall called Outpost. In my opinion it's the best of the free firewalls, and I use it on all my office machines.

Don't attempt to install one firewall whilst you have another one active on your computer - uninstall Zone Alarm and anything else that you've tried, and deactivate the WindowsXP firewall before you install Outpost.

Then sit back and relax.

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