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    willmiller
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    Post Tell me how to protect my computer

    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?

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    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.
    (important note: I'm not a pro)

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    Default 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

    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/download_...ison_chart.php

    and

    Spybot - Search & Destroy

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

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    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.

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    Default Try ewido to scan...

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    I use ZoneAlarm firewall for my computer. Works well and its free.

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    Tell us about your computer. What windows are you using, how much Ram, how old is the machine etc.

    bob...

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    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.

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    Lightbulb

    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.

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    You're better off with a hardware firewall. Just stay away from Linksys.

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