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Have I already got a firewall?

I'm not sure if I have a firewall on my new laptop or not. It came with Windows XP. I did a Google desktop search and a folder came up showing C:\I386\FIREWALL.CP_ but I can't tell if this means it is a firewall. Thanks, Mara
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r-kCommented:
If you have Service Pack 2 installed (SP2) then you definitely have a firewall.

You should make sure it is turned on as follows:

 Start -> Control Panel -> (click on switch to classic view) -> Windows Firewall

and then make sure the ON button is selected.

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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
And if you are not on SP2, download and install it using windows update. Not small but worth it.
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Bernard S.CTOCommented:
BEWARE
before installing SP2, you MUST run a complete anti-virus scan. otherwise your computer might not be able to reboot during SP2 install.
If that happens to you, there is no easy way to recover. I have been very successul with building a bootable CD, see http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ and putting on it tools for virus detection AND removal. This was my only option while I was trapped on thes computer.
I am NOT doing the same mistake twice: now I furst run the complete anti-virus, anti-trojan etc (and I always keep my bootable Bart-s CD disk!)
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Keith AlabasterEnterprise ArchitectCommented:
Think you mean SHOULD rather than MUST :)
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