Wilf21

Disabling Windows firewall

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I've noticed in a number of posts the suggestion that the Windows firewall be disabled by going into services, stopping the service and then disabling it. What's wrong with just going into Control Panel\Windows Firewall and selecting "Off"? That's what I did when I installed KIS and I don't think I have any problems as result (although of course I might have without knowing it).

 

Wilf

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Well this will disable the firewall but not the service (which is still started as usual). tHe service is combined wth the ics function of windows so if you use internet connection service it's not recommended that you disable the service.

Well, i'm not using ICS, but on the other hand, if I'm not having apparent problems is there any advantage in my disabling the service?

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Well, i'm not using ICS, but on the other hand, if I'm not having apparent problems is there any advantage in my disabling the service?

Wilf, why have the service still running when you don't use it? Also it may (have for me) reenable it self.

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Now I'm confused. I installed KIS 6. I thought I was to stop and disable the Windows firewall through the services, in order to prevent conflicts with KIS's firewall.

Are you saying I should NOT disable the Windows firewall, but I should just stop it through the control panel? :o

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Wilf, why have the service still running when you don't use it? Also it may (have for me) reenable it self.

Well, it's habit in a way ... ZAAV used to switch the windows firewall off automatically and it would come back automatically if ZA failed to load for some reason. But, then, as KIS doesn't automatically do this, you're right and I might as well disable the service, I guess.

 

Wilf

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You shouldn't be amazed man. I have it disabled the hard way, but it's not necessary to disable it trough the registry. You can disable it from Control Panel, but disable both Windows Firewall from the first tab and from the last untick the Local Area Connection (from the Windows Firewall Control Panel).

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Well, now I'm confused to. I thought disabling the windows firewall during installation of KIS was enough, are you saying that it isn't?

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Well, now I'm confused to. I thought disabling the windows firewall during installation of KIS was enough, are you saying that it isn't?

Don't be too confused, yes, sometimes, thats why i have made it a habit to disable it completely via services, but this has always been like this me and my XP, maybe you will see different results (more stable) than i have.

 

This btw is with or without Kav/Kis installed. :)

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Don't be too confused, yes, sometimes, thats why i have made it a habit to disable it completely via services, but this has always been like this me and my XP, maybe you will see different results (more stable) than i have.

 

This btw is with or without Kav/Kis installed. :)

Ok, while I have not been having problems so far I think I will try doing what you do, Don P, and disable it completely.

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Ok, while I have not been having problems so far I think I will try doing what you do, Don P, and disable it completely.

Me too.

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I have now 13 non-my user processes running and 2 of those are Outpost and KAV 6. It's nice to see my computer running without some unnecessary services.

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