Does turing off the Windows firewall affect other SP2 security features?

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The following question was sent to SearchWindowsSecurity.com by a user: I use Windows XP. I've downloaded SP2, I run Norton 2005 Internet Security Anti-Virus and I also run Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Pro. The new Windows firewall has given me small headaches, such as erasing my exlude list if I turn the firewall off and on, and a few too many reminders in obvious situations. I did this because I feel pretty well protected with Norton and Ad-Aware. My question is, does turning off the Windows firewall affect other SP2 security features, and do you feel that my level of security is adequate without the Windows firewall.
ASKED: October 14, 2004  12:59 PM
UPDATED: October 15, 2004  5:25 AM

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It should not but remember Norton is an antivirus, not a firewall. You should have either a software but preferrably a hardware firewall for adequate protection.

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  • Jazerant
    As the previous post stated, disabling the firewall does not reduce your level of protection if your firewall from Norton Internet Security 2005 remains active. The Security Center added to windows XP via SP2 will also notify you if you have no anti-virus or firewall running. It will also tell you via popup if your signature files are out of date. Good Luck.
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  • 0ct0pus
    You have AntiVirus - ok You have Spyware detector - great But you still need a firewall for a complete protection, either software or hardware based. I use ZoneLab, so I do not enable the Windows Firewall. Gd luck.
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  • Snoopy314
    AS everyone has stated you can turn it off but make sure you have something eles. I personally use Sygate, but I am looking at getting something different at the first of the year. You will get the ballon down by your clock just ingnore it. I do have mine turned off and it works just fine with the set up. I have herd that the firewall Microsoft sent out is not hte greatest, but they did it so at least mpst people might have a little protection.
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