Bottom right hand corner of your screen..you should have the time displayed there..if not, look at the other icons displayed there, hover your mouse pointer over them without clicking to identify what they are and once you have determined which is the Av and the firewall, right click and diable. Which opwerating system are you running?
I am running Windows XP Prof. I've tried rght clicking on the clock but don't see any options for disabling. The options are: Toolbards Adjust date/time Customise notification CascaDe windows Tile HOR Tile VER Show Desktop Task Manager Lock Taskbar Properties
I have also right-clicked on the STOPzilla icon but again there is no option to allow me to disable. I think I should uninstal this one anyway and as far as I know MacAfee is the other virus scanning software I have installed.
Please, please, please ignore my comments about right-clicking on the clock - this is really, really silly. I am going to try right clicking on the anti-virus icons on my desktop to see if this achieves anything.
I would strongly advise against disabling any firewall, unless you first physically disconnect the computer from the Internet. It's estimated it takes an unprotected PC on average 20 minutes to get infected. If any software requires disabling your security before you install it, there must be something wrong with it.
That's a good point Techpro. I can't seem to disable MacAfee anyway so am going to go the the HP Photosmart website and check with them. I'm only following the advice given in their user manual. I will report back.
You can disable a firewall if you wish, it is the AV that should never be disabled. You can get trojans and viruses but a firewall will not stop them and you have no chance of being hacked on a home computer. Haven't used a firewall for 2 yeras now but I use AVG...never had a problem.
That's bad advice, Gandalf, and very irresponsible of you to post such advice in a forum like this. Hopefully you're up to date with Microsoft security patches and don't have NetBios or file and printer sharing enabled, which is why you haven't had a problem so far.
There have been many worms that spread by exploiting Windows services that are exposed to the world if you don't have a firewall. I'm a professional in this business. You may choose to believe your pals instead of the experts but I have come across many computers that have had anti-virus running but still got infected because there was no firewall, not even the built-in XP one, enabled.