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Originally Posted by Blizzie View Post
If you get Comodo Firewall Pro and disable the Defense+ part, it runs pretty much silent. It's worth the CPU usage.

http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/
Yup. Vista Sidebar takes up more of my CPU than Comodo. Also Comodo is free.
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I've had my Zonealarm Basic up for atleast four months and so far I've had 21193 attacks blocked. I have a D-Link Dir-625 and I'm pretty sure it has a firewall in it.
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A router is by far the fastest and cheapest way to prevent 99% of hacks.
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ok i just installed comodo...and i'm going to get that D-Link DIR-655...but its wireless n and all i have is wireless g
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post #15 of 45
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I've had my Zonealarm Basic up for atleast four months and so far I've had 21193 attacks blocked. I have a D-Link Dir-625 and I'm pretty sure it has a firewall in it.
w/e
If you have a router - then you dont need any software really. Just some kind of Anti-virus and/or anti-spyware like AVG is all you need.

I dont have a software firewall but a hardware firewall (my router) and I haven't had any trouble at all.

Zonealarm is completely trouble and it can't stop a fly. I cant begin to explain how much of a pita Zonealarm can be especially when playing games. So skip that and go comodore if you MUST have a software firewall. But its not needed and really wont help you in the least bit.

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ok i just installed comodo...and i'm going to get that D-Link DIR-655...but its wireless n and all i have is wireless g
Thats fine, Wireless N is backward compatable with both b/g wireless but you just wont get the benefits of N.
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And if you do not do anything weird or open anything weird, you should be alright.

Firewall is just an extra precaution.
Misinformation.
Doing weird or opening weird bears almost no relevance to the protection afforded by a properly configured router/firewall. You are confusing the functions of a firewall with an AV app.

A router/firewall is not just "extra protection" but is, imho, an essential item for any "always on" connection.

If you are on broadband you should consider your PC as a room in your house; you wouldn't go to work and leave your front door open would you?
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You really don't, if you have a router, windows firewall is all you need.
Nonsense. A router IS a firewall (in 99.9% of cases) and you can therefore turn OFF the useless windows firewall.
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post #18 of 45
The only routers with good firewalls which can be solely relied on are CISCO switches and stuff.

You can get hardware firewalls seperately but i run a software firewall on all of my PC's along with the router firewall.
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I use the router but still use zonealarm suite. In gaming you can put zonealarm in game mode. Windows firewall might stop somethings coming in but it's not good with stuff coming out. So if a hacker gets in you will not know if he is using your pc to send stuff out.
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should i turn on both windows firewall and comodo...im also using the belkin F5D-7231 router with firewall on.
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