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Offline MayuraDeSilva

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avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« on: December 29, 2011, 12:10:50 PM »
Hi Guys,

I just wanna know, is it alright to keep Windows XP (SP3) Firewall ON while I using avast! Firewall? I mean is there any PLUS point (More secure or ....) of having both ON? Else can I save more resources by turning off Windows Firewall?

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011, 01:19:13 PM »
Avast IS firewall is compatible with the windows firewall, so it shouldn't be an issue leaving it on.

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2011, 01:30:01 PM »
Yeah... But David, does Windows FW has anything special to improve security other than avast FW? If there is nothing special, I can turn it off N save up more resources nah?

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2011, 01:52:02 PM »
I believe it is able to handle the IPv6 IP protocol avast currently only IPv4, but that shouldn't be an issue as many ISPs are not geared up for IPv6 either.
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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2011, 02:16:20 PM »
I did some search online and found that disabling Windows FW deactivate IPSec feature which encrypt LAN and VPN communications (Except for Win 7). So I think it's better to keep Windows FW active. Does it count or avast FW has it's own functionality similar to IPSec?

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2011, 03:36:09 PM »
I don't use the security suite so I'm not that familiar with its internal functioning.
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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2011, 03:39:59 PM »
Mayura, I use AIS but I'm not sure about this particular information. We need Lukor here...
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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2011, 03:56:01 PM »
@ DavidR: Alright mate :)

@Tech: Hi Tech, Where can we find him? Can we post our problem or invite him to look upon this thread? :)

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2011, 04:01:35 PM »
You're welcome,

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2011, 04:05:37 PM »
I don't think IPSEC on VPN is affected by turning avast firewall off. However currently the limitation of avast firewall is the lack of IPv6 features, so I generally suggest to leave them both on. They work pretty ok together.

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2011, 04:38:00 PM »
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I did some search online and found that disabling Windows FW deactivate IPSec feature which encrypt LAN and VPN communications (Except for Win 7).
If you check out WIN 7 firewall documentation, it will state the WIN 7 firewall is always running in the background when a third party firewall is installed for encrypt LAN and VPN communications functions. Security Center will state it is in an off state as to not conflict with the third party firewall but its service is still running.

As far as the XP firewall goes, I wouldn't say the above applies since I beleive this functionality was added when the firewall was redesigned for Vista and subsequently carried over to WIN 7.

Finally, encrypt LAN and VPN communications are only used for the most part on corporate networks. The only time a home user would use VPN comm generally would be to connect to his workplace computer.
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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2011, 05:13:11 PM »
@DavidR: Wow :) That's great... You see, it worked ;)

@lukor: Oops... What if I turn off Windows FW mate? it affects on IPSec? If so avast FW do encrypt LAN and VPN communications?

@DonZ63: Yeah mate :) That's why I include "(Except for Win 7)" N basically home user wouldn't need encrypted VPN communication. But I couldn't mention that I do need it to establish remote connection :)

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2011, 11:54:07 PM »
You might as well disable Windows Firewall, especially on XP, it's useless garbage.

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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2011, 12:24:03 AM »
You might as well disable Windows Firewall, especially on XP, it's useless garbage.
As Mayura is using avast! IS then he should follow DavidR's advice. :) 
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Re: avast! Firewall vs Windows XP Firewall
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2011, 02:59:09 PM »
@norel: I'm gonna keep both ON for now mate :)

@YoKenny: Ya mate :) It's better to have both ON to be on safe side until I find avast FW able to encrypt VPN communications.

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