Is Firewall Necessary While Using Antivirus?

Posted: 07-29-2008, 11:50 PM
Hi,

I'm running Vista Home Premium with SP-1. I just deleted Norton 360 with
Norton's tool, and installed Avast antivirus. Now, I keep getting
on-screen notices that Windows Firewall is turned off, = a security risk.

I know that the 2 programs have differing functions. Having an antivirus
program on,and Super AntiSpyware too, do I also need Windows Firewall
turned on?

Thanks.

Morton

Is Firewall Necessary While Using Antivirus?


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Malke
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Re: Is Firewall Necessary While Using Antivirus?
Posted: 07-30-2008, 12:16 AM
Morton wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm running Vista Home Premium with SP-1. I just deleted Norton 360 with
> Norton's tool, and installed Avast antivirus. Now, I keep getting
> on-screen notices that Windows Firewall is turned off, = a security risk.
>
> I know that the 2 programs have differing functions. Having an antivirus
> program on,and Super AntiSpyware too, do I also need Windows Firewall
> turned on?
Yes. Norton apparently left it turned off. Go to Control Panel and turn it
on again.

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Re: Is Firewall Necessary While Using Antivirus?
Posted: 07-30-2008, 01:10 AM
Morton wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm running Vista Home Premium with SP-1. I just deleted Norton 360 with
> Norton's tool, and installed Avast antivirus. Now, I keep getting
> on-screen notices that Windows Firewall is turned off, = a security risk.
>
> I know that the 2 programs have differing functions. Having an antivirus
> program on,and Super AntiSpyware too, do I also need Windows Firewall
> turned on?
>
Most definitely. (Unless you elect to install a 3rd party firewall,
that is.)

There are several essential components to computer security: a
knowledgeable and pro-active user, a properly configured firewall,
reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, and the prompt repair (via
patches, hotfixes, or service packs) of any known vulnerabilities.




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Re: Is Firewall Necessary While Using Antivirus?
Posted: 07-30-2008, 01:31 AM
On Tue, 29 Jul 2008 19:50:30 -0400, Morton <mort@cloud9.net> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm running Vista Home Premium with SP-1. I just deleted Norton 360 with
> Norton's tool, and installed Avast antivirus. Now, I keep getting
> on-screen notices that Windows Firewall is turned off, = a security risk.
>
> I know that the 2 programs have differing functions. Having an antivirus
> program on,and Super AntiSpyware too, do I also need Windows Firewall
> turned on?

Yes, you need Windows Firewall or some other firewall. An antivirus
and an antispyware program is *not* sufficient protection.

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Hank Arnold (MVP)
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Re: Is Firewall Necessary While Using Antivirus?
Posted: 07-30-2008, 05:52 PM
Morton wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm running Vista Home Premium with SP-1. I just deleted Norton 360 with
> Norton's tool, and installed Avast antivirus. Now, I keep getting
> on-screen notices that Windows Firewall is turned off, = a security risk.
>
> I know that the 2 programs have differing functions. Having an antivirus
> program on,and Super AntiSpyware too, do I also need Windows Firewall
> turned on?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Morton
None of the applications you mentioned provide the functions of a
firewall. Turn on the Windows firewall. The newest one with Vista ain't
half bad. If you practice "Safe Computing", you're basically OK.

Then start looking at some free 3rd party firewalls..........

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Morton
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Re: Is Firewall Necessary While Using Antivirus?
Posted: 07-30-2008, 09:33 PM
Hank Arnold (MVP) wrote:
> Morton wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I'm running Vista Home Premium with SP-1. I just deleted Norton 360
>> with Norton's tool, and installed Avast antivirus. Now, I keep getting
>> on-screen notices that Windows Firewall is turned off, = a security risk.
>>
>> I know that the 2 programs have differing functions. Having an
>> antivirus program on,and Super AntiSpyware too, do I also need
>> Windows Firewall turned on?
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> Morton
>
> None of the applications you mentioned provide the functions of a
> firewall. Turn on the Windows firewall. The newest one with Vista ain't
> half bad. If you practice "Safe Computing", you're basically OK.
>
> Then start looking at some free 3rd party firewalls..........
>
Thanks to all for the great advice. I do appreciate it.

Morton
 
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