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willmiller
01-24-2007, 06:22 AM
My firewall that comes with my windows xp slows down my computer. (http://nba.sports-sport.info/nba-store.html) What will be a better one firewall I can download and use for free?
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prashster
01-24-2007, 08:05 AM
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.

maddog
01-24-2007, 09:25 AM
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

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/download_and_buy/product_comparison_chart.php

and

Spybot - Search & Destroy

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/

RochNY
01-24-2007, 08:04 PM
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.

hotfloor
02-06-2007, 02:24 PM
www.ewido.net

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.

Gary Swart
02-06-2007, 06:09 PM
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.

PEW
02-07-2007, 11:25 AM
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.

sfphoenix75
02-13-2007, 01:34 PM
I use ZoneAlarm firewall for my computer. Works well and its free.

speedbump
02-15-2007, 07:30 AM
Tell us about your computer. What windows are you using, how much Ram, how old is the machine etc.

bob...

cbl
02-28-2007, 09:52 PM
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.

Refinisher
03-03-2007, 01:18 AM
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

EricTheBald
04-01-2007, 11:07 AM
You're better off with a hardware firewall. Just stay away from Linksys.