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McAfee security center personal firewall is too agressive.

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I am running XP Pro SP2 on a P4 dell laptop.  When I enable XPs windows firewall I can access the internet very quickly.  When I also enable the McAfee security center personal firewall, my system is not able to access most web pages and slows to a crawl.  I would just like to disable the McAfee and run with only the windows firewall.  Is that a reasonable option?

In the office I turn off windows firewall and enable nortons firewall and am very happy.  I just cant seem to find any machine that I like the way it runs McAfee.  Is there a way to make McAfee less agressive?  Or do I need it in the mix at all for the personal firewall?

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You should only run one firewall. If you hyave McAfee's Security Center, you yhave a good all purpose firewall. The Windows firewall is an inferior product which is much bette4r than nothing a6t all, but nowhere near as good as dedicated firewalls liike McAfee or Norton.
Irf you don't like MaCafee, why not try Zonealarm or Kerio:
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p.s.
Why do you want to run Windows Firewall as well as MaCafee?
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I have not had good success getting mcafee configured in the past.  When I disable windows firewall and enable mcafee I cant seem to get out on the internet.  I am trying to make mcafee less agressive.
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As I said above, there is nothing to stop you using the a/v and spam killer functions of McAfee's Security Center, and running a stand-alone firewall like Zone Alarm or Kerio.
I have personally been using the free Zone Alarm firewall for several years with no problems.

McAfee personal firewall manual:

http://download.mcafee.com/products/manuals/en-us/MPF_UserGuide_2006.pdf

Here is an example of how to configure McAfee's firewall for a particular program:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/help/activesync/mcafee.mspx

Good luck!
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