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Would it hurt just to give it a clean wipe? ought to run like it did day 1.
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Assuming you don't have malware of any kind, why would you need control over your outbound traffic? Honest question.
Because it can help stop outbound connections which can be malicious. There are different kinds of malware. Malware is sort-of a general over-all word for virus, worms, and spyware.

Say you have a worm not picked up by either anti-virus and/or malware detectors. As the creater of the worm gains control of processes, the PC, or whatever else it was intended to give control of then proceeds to use your NIC as a supplier of outbound traffic (code) to slow down a site, become a string in a botnet, or other problems.

It also allows you to know what outbound traffic is designating from processes that you define.
    
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Because it can help stop outbound connections which can be malicious. There are different kinds of malware. Malware is sort-of a general over-all word for virus, worms, and spyware.

Say you have a worm not picked up by either anti-virus and/or malware detectors. As the creater of the worm gains control of processes, the PC, or whatever else it was intended to give control of then proceeds to use your NIC as a supplier of outbound traffic (code) to slow down a site, become a string in a botnet, or other problems.

It also allows you to know what outbound traffic is designating from processes that you define.
So what's to stop said malware from simply disabling the firewall or creating an exception for itself? It's like a weed; chopping off the top doesn't do anything for you, you need to kill the roots.
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So what's to stop said malware from simply disabling the firewall or creating an exception for itself? It's like a weed; chopping off the top doesn't do anything for you, you need to kill the roots.
Depends on the firewall used and it's particular strengths and weaknesses.

Windows Firewall? Sure. Comodo? Probably not.
    
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