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Postby c327 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:11 am

I haven't used Windows 10 x64 yet so I know next to zero about it. I am assuming it has a firewall and if so would like to know if it's worth using vs say Zone Alarm (free) or something else.

Will the Windows firewall protect a non Windows browser?

What would you recommend?
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Re: Firewalls

Postby Karlsweldt » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:40 am

The 'resident' Windows firewall is good, but may not find 100% of suspicious attempts at intrusion. Same with the "essentials" program. Always best to purchase a top-rated program.
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Re: Firewalls

Postby Mr T » Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:31 am

I haven't used Windows 10 x64 yet so I know next to zero about it. I am assuming it has a firewall and if so would like to know if it's worth using vs say Zone Alarm (free) or something else.
Yes, it has a built in firewall and it does the job, no need for any other... Also if you are on ADSL/DSL broadband (as dial up has more or less gone) then the router will also have a firewall..

Will the Windows firewall protect a non Windows browser?
It will protect all the open ports unless you specify not to, so it will protect a non M$ browser...

What would you recommend?
I would recommend sticking with the windows firewall, M$ Security Essentials (windows 10 has it built in) and I would also run (Free) Malwarebytes Antimalware. I would also keep the PC up to date and use a non M$ browser, FireFox being the better one. And if you are a firefox user, use the addons like NoScript and Adblocker, which enables control over Java and Flash, two of the biggest security holes in an operating system browser...
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Re: Firewalls

Postby c327 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:19 pm

Mr T wrote:
I haven't used Windows 10 x64 yet so I know next to zero about it. I am assuming it has a firewall and if so would like to know if it's worth using vs say Zone Alarm (free) or something else.
Yes, it has a built in firewall and it does the job, no need for any other... Also if you are on ADSL/DSL broadband (as dial up has more or less gone) then the router will also have a firewall..

Will the Windows firewall protect a non Windows browser?
It will protect all the open ports unless you specify not to, so it will protect a non M$ browser...

What would you recommend?
I would recommend sticking with the windows firewall, M$ Security Essentials (windows 10 has it built in) and I would also run (Free) Malwarebytes Antimalware. I would also keep the PC up to date and use a non M$ browser, FireFox being the better one. And if you are a firefox user, use the addons like NoScript and Adblocker, which enables control over Java and Flash, two of the biggest security holes in an operating system browser...


I will give Windows Defender a shot. I have also purchased Malwarebytes Premium.

Now I need to make up my mind which browser to use? Not going to use the one that comes with Windows 10. Looking at Google Chrome, I.E 11 and Firefox. Leaning towards either Google Chrome or I.E. 11


Which of these two would be the way to go on a Windows 10 x64 PC
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Re: Firewalls

Postby Mr T » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:04 am

Which of these two would be the way to go on a Windows 10 x64 PC
IE is dead long live IE (not). Lean towards Google or FF.. FF has really regular updates and is easily secured with add-ons. Chrome is light and fast, but not so secure. Another really good lightweight browser is Opera...
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Re: Firewalls

Postby rascard2007 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:50 pm

for me Opera is one of the fastest browsers
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Re: Firewalls

Postby Torvalds » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:10 pm

Hi. I just got a laptop with windows 10 on it and I use the built in firewall. I normally use Avast but don't think I'll bother this time. That's a good point about the router firewall. I reckon Malwarebytes premium is really awesome!
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