Tell me how to protect my computer

Discussion in 'Computers and Stuff' started by willmiller, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. willmiller

    willmiller Guest

    My firewall that comes with my windows xp slows down my computer. What will be a better one firewall I can download and use for free?
  2. prashster

    prashster New Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    The native firewall shouldn't slow down yr computer noticeably. If anything, it should only restrict what you can and can't see. But speed shouldn't be an issue.
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  4. maddog

    maddog Engineer

    Aug 1, 2006
    Software Engineer
    near San Jose, CA.
    firewall ...

    If your PC is running a third party firewall product, you may want to make sure the Windows firewall is disabled so the two don't conflict.
    Settings -> Control Panel -> Windows Firewall

    It may be that your PC is bogged down by Adware/Spyware. I've found the following (free for personal use) products to be very good at keeping my PC clean:

    Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal


    Spybot - Search & Destroy
  5. RochNY

    RochNY New Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    Windows xp firewall does not slow a computer down, it must be something else. An alternate would be to get a router which sends out a fake IP address which is better than a firewall.
  6. hotfloor

    hotfloor New Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Santee, CA
    Try ewido to scan...

    This app is light wieght while running, buit deep cleaning. This is what you will want to run since your system is lagging resourses. I also suggest hijackthis.
    It will create a log file that you can post that will assist us in getting to the bottom of your issues. I can assure you it is not your windows firewall robbing resources. If you are having issues getting these or other applications running on your system, ook for windows washer to assist cleaning up any memory leaks to free up your resources.
  7. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    I use Ad Aware and Spybot. Both are free ware and work really well. I'd also recommend Avast Anti Virus which is also free ware.
  8. PEW

    PEW DIY Senior Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Another thing to keep in mind, xp does not run well with less than 500MB, 256 will make it craw. More than 500 may be beneficial, depending on your system.
  9. sfphoenix75

    sfphoenix75 New Member

    Jan 29, 2007
    Software Sales
    Norwood, MA
    I use ZoneAlarm firewall for my computer. Works well and its free.
  10. speedbump

    speedbump New Member

    Jul 15, 2005
    Water well and pump tech.
    Riverview, Fl.
    Tell us about your computer. What windows are you using, how much Ram, how old is the machine etc.

  11. cbl

    cbl New Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    I use ClamWin and Microsoft Defender, both are free. If you get a virus, TrendMicro can take care of it by doing an on-line scan and fix. Also free.
  12. Refinisher

    Refinisher New Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Try clearing your cache, that will slow down your computer as it collects unused data that you have downloaded over time. If you use internet explorer, go online and on the above task bar click TOOL, then INTERNET OPTIONS, then DELETE FILES in the Center, then CLICK IN THE BOX THAT SAYS "Delete all offline content", then click OK.
    Depending on if you have ever done this before this could take from 5 minutes to 2 hours to complete. You should do this once a week minimum. If you have never done it or it has been a month watch how much faster the computer is. I restart the computer after I do it as that resets everything.:D :D :D :D
  13. EricTheBald

    EricTheBald Network Engineer

    Apr 1, 2007
    Network Engineer
    Columbus, Ohio
    You're better off with a hardware firewall. Just stay away from Linksys.
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