Have I already got a firewall?

Posted on 2006-04-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
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
Question by:marafreeman
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    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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    by:Keith Alabaster
    And if you are not on SP2, download and install it using windows update. Not small but worth it.
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    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 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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    by:Keith Alabaster
    Think you mean SHOULD rather than MUST :)

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